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China delays GMO corn, rice to woo the public

Information Officials say the Chinese public needs more information before they will be willing to accept genetically modified rice and corn

Reuters / China has delayed the introduction of genetically modified rice and corn as it tries to head off public fears, leading government scientists said March 7. The world’s largest rice producer and consumer gave safety approvals to Bt rice and phytase corn in 2009, but has not yet begun commercial production, even though it […] Read more

China to stockpile domestic corn, soy for state reserves

Incentive China will buy soy, corn at prices 15 per cent higher than last year’s offer to farmers

Reuters — The Chinese government will start stockpiling soy and corn from local farmers at higher prices than a year ago, an industry source said Nov. 13, a move set to stabilize domestic prices and support soy imports. China, the world’s top soy buyer, will pay 4,600 yuan ($740) per tonne to soy farmers in […] Read more

China to partially lift ban on Canadian canola: trade

Chinese quarantine authorities will allow imports of Canadian canola by some selected crushers located in major growing areas, previously banned because of crop disease concerns, traders said Thursday. The import relaxation, likely to be cleared in the second half of the year, would further boost canola imports from the world’s largest exporter to China later […] Read more

First Chinese GM Corn Hits Regulatory Roadblock

China’s first strain of genetically modified corn is facing policy deadlock and may take years before it can be planted, says a Chinese researcher. China gave the phytase corn safety approval in late 2009, and at the time scientists said they expected large-scale production could happen as early as 2012. The GMO approval means the […] Read more