Senior political advisors discussed genetically modified (GM) crops at a bi-weekly consultation session on Thursday [8 October 2015]. Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), hosted and addressed the meeting. According to a statement issued after the session, members of the CPPCC suggested that China research, promote and supervise GM crops from the perspective of overall national interest and long-term development…Full Article: Xinhua Finance Oct 2015

Key Point

  • Senior Chinese political advisors were wary of fully endorsing GM staple foods (e.g. rice, wheat, and corn) owing to public disapproval of such crops.

ChinaAg Comment

  • As of early 2015, 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. In mid-2014, this certification was allowed to expire amid poor public support for GM crops. However, the certification for both rice varieties were reinstated in January 2015.

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