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China Set to Approve Local GMO Corn to Boost Food Security

  • China seeks public feedback on plans to approve GMO corn, soy
  • Commercial production of GMO grains may take 2 years
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China is set to award safety certificates for genetically-modified corn, paving the way for domestic production as the world’s most-populous country turns to the controversial technology to boost food security.

Two strains of GMO corn, one developed by Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co. and another by Zhejiang University and a biological company in Hangzhou, are likely to be given safety certificates. The strains will be suitable for growth in the country’s northern areas, according to a list published by the agriculture ministry.