China Moves to Okay New GMO Corn, Soybean Crop Varieties

China is set to approve the safety of another genetically modified (GMO) corn variety and a GMO soybean, both produced by Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co Ltd., according to a Reuters report.

Last year, China approved three domestically designed GMO crops as safe, the first in a decade. It was a fresh push toward commercial planting of GMO crops in China, the world’s top soybean importer and a major corn buyer.

Beijing has never permitted planting of GMO soybean or corn varieties, but it permits their import for use in animal feed.

The government has said recently, however, that it wants to support biotech breeding to boost food security, leading the industry to expect progress towards commercialization in 2021.

To read the full Reuters report, click here.

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