China’s agriculture authority plans to promote commercial cultivation of genetically modified corn and GM cotton over the next five years. Liao Xiyuan, an official with the Ministry of Agriculture made the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday. Liao has also defended China’s strategy to develop its own GM technologies by saying that the country cannot afford to be left behind in the GM sector…Full Article: CRIENGLISH Apr 2016

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  • In April 2016, DuPont Pioneer and Beijing’s Origin Agritech agreed to a “commercial licensing agreement” on GM seeds.
  • In February 2016, ChemChina purchased Switzerland’s seed producer, Syngenta, for US$43 billion.
  • In early 2016, China’s State Council “cautiously promoted” GM crops, but noted that food safety remained paramount.
  • In December 2015, Origin Agritech’s Chief Financial Officer announced plans to enter the US market by licensing its GM crop technology.
  • In March 2014, China’s Minister of Agriculture endorsed genetically modified crops stating that he “eats them regularly.”
  • In August 2009, China’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) issued safety certificates for the university’s two GM rice varieties (Shanyou 63 and Huahui-1/TT51-1) in Hubei Province and for Origin Agritech’s GM corn variety (BVLA430101) in Shandong Province.

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