Hainan province destroyed genetically modified corn and cotton crops being used in illegal trials in 2013, hinews.cn reported on Monday. The provincial agricultural department confirmed on Monday that it checked the province’s Sanya, Lingshui and Ledong cities and counties from Dec 23 to 27, 2013, and examined 107 crop samples, from which it identified and destroyed nine corn and cotton genetically modified crop trials…Full Article: China Daily Mar 2014

Key point

  • Permission must be granted by the provincial department of agriculture before GM trials can begin

ChinaAg Comment

  • As of 2014, China has only approved the commercialization of a handful of genetically modified (GM) plants. These include GM poplar trees, petunias, cotton, papayas, tomatoes, and sweet peppers. As a rule, approvals for commercialization are only granted on a provincial/regional basis (i.e. not country-wide) and only after a long screening process. In 2009, two varieties of GM rice and one variety of GM corn (all developed in China) received “GM organism safety certification” as a possible precursor to commercialization. However, in 2014, this certification was allowed to expire amid poor public support for GM crops.

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