China Outlines Three Step Process to Approve GM Seed Cultivation

China will further step up its oversight of the seed market to prevent illegal commercial cultivation of unauthorized genetically modified varieties, an agricultural official said on Wednesday [13 April 2016], after several cases of illegal cultivation were investigated by authorities last year. However, Liao Xiyuan, head of the Department of Science, Technology and Education under

The Splice Must Grow: The Bright and Shady Sides of GM Agriculture in China

Overview China grows a wide variety of GM plants including GM cotton, GM poplar trees, GM sweet peppers, GM tomatoes, GM papaya, and GM petunia flowers China’s Ministry of Agriculture has not authorized the commercial growing and sale of GM rice, corn, and soybeans, but has issued “safety certificates” to two GM rice varieties and

Henan Province Opens Up Air Route for Mexican Food Products

The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) of Mexico and the province of Henan, China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the launch of an air route between Guadalajara, Jalisco and Henan, for the export to China of Mexican food products…Full Article: Fresh Plaza Mar 2015 Key Points Mexico intends to

GM Papaya Sees Increased Cultivation While GM Cotton Slumps in 2014

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

China Clarifies its List of Approved GM Commodities

China has so far granted the import of a list of genetically modified (GM) crops including soybean, corn, oilseed rape, cotton and sugar beet, the People’s Daily reported on Monday, adding that these plants have to gain a safety certificate issued by Chinese authorities. This was in a response to public doubt on whether the