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GM Rice Given Green Light

11 February 2010

CHINA - China has given the green light to genetically modified (GM) rice strains once they have gone through production trials and made suitable for commercial use.

GM rice and other organisms are needed to feed the growing population and ensure grain security, it has been pointed out.

Bio-safety certificates are already being issued by the Ministry of Agriculture for strains of pest-resistant GM rice and corn, but it may be several years before trials can be completed and commercial output begin.

These moves towards producing GM crops are of "great political and economic significance", said Huang Dafang, a member of the Biosafety Committee at the Ministry of Agriculture.

"Once GM technology is used for mass production, it would definitely help China achieve that target and feed its 1.3 billion people," he commented.

The use of GM crops is an inevitable trend for the global agriculture industry, Mr Dafang added.

However, not everyone in the sector agrees, with hundreds of consumer and farmer groups worldwide signing the Definitive Global Rejection of GM Wheat statement this month.

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