China’s genetically modified (GM) crop planting areas declined in 2014 amid heated discussions over safety concerns, a study revealed on Wednesday. Chinese farmers grew 3.9 million hectares of GM cotton in 2014, down some 300,000 hectares from the previous year, according to a study done by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). ISAAA attributed the drop in cotton cultivation mainly to low prices and high stockpile in China…Full Article: Xinhua Jan 2015
- In 2014, Chinese cultivation of GM papaya (e.g. Huanong No. 1 – Papaya ringspot virus resistance) expanded to 8,500 ha, which was just under a 50% increase from 2013.
- 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 mid-2014, this certification was allowed to expire amid poor public support for GM crops. For more information see: Genetically Modified Crops