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Communist Chinese Government Pushes For More GM Crops
People’s Daily Online
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Campaign groups and agriculture experts issued fresh warnings Tuesday about genetically modified (GM) foods.
The statements follow a recent announcement of the government’s plan to commercialize such domestically produced foods.
Rural sectors are being urged to promote the commercialization of new GM foods based on scientific evaluations and management, according to a document issued January 31 by the central committee of the Communist Party of China.
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And in November, the Ministry of Agriculture for the first time granted safety certificates to domestically produce two types of GM paddy rice and one type of GM corn.
The bio-engineered crops are being planted in central Hubei and eastern Shandong Provinces on trial bases and are “expected to be served at Chinese dinner tables within five years,” Zhang Qifa, a professor at Huazhong Agricultural University who studies GM rice, told the Xinhua News Agency.
GM plants, often created to resist pests and insect damage, can indirectly improve output, and GM products are relatively cheaper than traditional foods.
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