China, the world’s top buyer of genetically modified (GMO) soybeans, renewed the import approvals for 14 GMO crop varieties and approved the import of two new varieties starting on June 12, the Ministry of Agriculture said on Wednesday [14 June 2017]…Full Article: ECNS.cn June 2017

Key Point

  • The two new GM crop varieties approved for importation are Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist corn [enhanced glyphosate resistance] and Monsanto’s Vistive Gold soybean [glyphosate resistance, high monounsaturated fat, and low polyunsaturated fat]. The 14 renewed GM crop varieties include Syngenta’s MIR162 corn [Bt insect resistance], a Monsanto sugar beet [glyphosate resistance], and three Bayer rapeseed products [herbicide tolerance]. The approvals will be valid until 2020.

ChinaAg Comments

  • China permits the importation of a variety of GM crops including corn (approved suppliers include DuPont, Monsanto, Syngenta), soybeans (BASF, Bayer, DuPont, Monsanto), canola/rapeseed (Bayer, Monsanto), and cotton (Bayer, Monsanto, Syngenta).
  • In 2001, a hybrid corn seed joint-venture, CNSGC-Dekalb Seed, was formed by Monsanto Far East and Sinochem’s China National Seed Group Corporation (CNSGC).
  • In 2000, Bayer CropScience (China) Company Limited was established.
  • In 1997, DuPont Pioneer established a representative office in China. A year later, they established a Corn Research Center near Tieling City, Liaoning Province.

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