New rules in China could allow for GM corn

New rules in China could allow for GM corn

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Planned regulatory overhaul lays out how GM seed producers can get approval

China could allow for approval of genetically modified (GM) crops under proposed rule changes, according to a Reuters report.

The planned regulatory overhaul for the seed industry could lead to market availability for recently approved GM seed traits developed by Chinese companies.

In this year’s annual rural policy document published by the State Council, China said it wanted to increase its grain yields by 2025 and gain support for its domestic seed industry, with the aim of greater food security. The policy document, known as the No. 1 document, put new priority on the seed sector and aims for faster implementation of scientific advancements in breeding, as well as “industrial application of biological breeding,” which includes genetically modified crops.

The changes implement decisions made by the government on safe management of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and development of a modern seed industry.

“While investing heavily in GM research and development for years, Beijing has remained cautious, barring the planting of GM soybeans or corn, despite allowing imports for use in animal feed,” Reuters said.

After the new policy is approved, China could plant 81.5 million acres of GM corn.

Sources cited by Reuters said the new policy clarifies procedures for GMO approvals and simplifies the process, and will accelerate the commercial production of GM corn.