Cases of illegal GM crops ‘under control’
Only a few strains of genetically modified crops have been planted illegally in China, but such cases are sporadic and under control, Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu said.
“Based on our assessment, such illegal plantings are rare and are controllable,” he said at a news conference.
Last year, the majority of its 81 million metric tons of soybean imports were GM products from Brazil and the United States, according to Han. The imports had received both foreign and domestic bio-safety certificates, Han said.
He also said China would not seek continuous expansion of grain production during the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20). Instead, the country will focus more on improving grain production capacity by improving arable land quality and applying high technology and new technology.
Noodles are seen being made in Gufo village, in Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality on Sunday. Gufo is famous for the “Xu noodles”, named after villager Xu Zhonghai for his traditional and special techniques of making the noodles.