China Approves Biotech Rice


According to the Wall Street Journal...

China’s government declared two strains of genetically modified rice safe to produce and consume, taking a major step toward endorsing the use of biotechnology in the staple food crop of billions of people in Asia.

In a written reply to questions from The Wall Street Journal, China’s Ministry of Agriculture said Monday that it had issued safety certificates to domestically developed strains of genetically modified rice and corn, after a years-long process involving trial production and environmental tests. Further approvals are required before the strains can be grown on a commercial scale, the ministry said, and industry participants said it may take another two to three years for the rice to reach production.

The Chinese approval of biotech crops comes after a decision earlier this year by British government ministries to allow the import of biotech crops to Britain, breaking a long-time ban of the technology in Britain and breaking with the continued ban by the EU.

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