Cases of il­le­gal GM crops ‘un­der con­trol’

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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