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Aug 3, 2008

Vietnam Targets GM Crops as a Solution to Lowering Imports

Women in Vietnamese rice field
photo courtesy of IRRI
On 3 August 2008 Thanh Nien Daily News reported that "Vietnam is aiming for 'massive production' of genetically [modified] [GM] crops to reduce imports of soybeans, corn and cotton."  The Vietnamese government's goal is to use GM crops to "reduce the nation’s dependence on imports, helping to narrow the trade deficit and calm concerns about economic stability."

“Vietnam plans to allow massive production of GM crops after 2010,” Pham Van Toan, Hanoi-based head of the general office at the agriculture ministry’s Science and Technology Department, said.

The US embassy in Hanoi reported that Vietnamese authorities have completed a draft of a law that will GM crops.  The Vietnam News Agency reports that the National Assembly session in October 2008 will approve the law. 

Vietnam is currently dependent on imports of soybeans, corn and cotton.

For more see: "Vietnam to allow genetically modified crops to reduce imports," Thanh Nien Daily News, 3 August 2008.

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