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Feb 24, 2010

China - Big role in future of biotech crops

The Des Moines Register has reported on ISAAA's projection that China is the country to watch when it comes to biotechnology.

ISAAA, is a pro-biotechnology non-profit organization based in Ithaca, New York. 

ISAAA recently released its annual report on entitled "Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2009," which included the following information on China. 

According to ISAAA:
"China is poised to increase its production of the crops significantly after the government late in 2009 approved the use of genetically engineered varieties of rice and corn. 
  China's action will likely spur other developing countries to approve the commercial production of similar crops. 
Pioneer has four research facilities in China, including one opened last year in Beijing. The company started selling conventional corn seed in China seven years ago, and now has 8 percent of the market.
China's new crops are unusual in that they were developed not by the multinational giants but by the country's own scientists with government support."
For more see: Brasher, Phil. "China Poised for Big Role In Future of Biotech Crops," Des Moines Register, 24 Feb. 2010.

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