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Feb 8, 2010

Times of India - China Approves GM Rice

On 8 February 2010, the Times of India reported on China's decision to approve gene modified (GM) rice.  The article reviews China's reasoning for approving  GM rice including the procedural steps undertaken for regulatory approval.

According to the article, that Chinese experts "have said that widespread adoption of the GM rice may bring about a sharp 80% reduction in pesticide use, and push up crop yield by eight per cent."

China has set a target of increasing grain output by 50 million tons between 2009 and 2020.  According to the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, "Once [GM] technology is used for mass production, it would definitely help China achieve that target and feed its 1.3 billion people. ...The use of [GM] technology is an inevitable trend for the global agriculture industry, including China. ... It has been scientifically proven that the approved GM strains are as safe as non-genetically modified varieties."

Photo credit: IRRI

For more see: Dasgupta, Saibal.  ""Controversial GM rice gets green lights in China." The Times of India, 8 February 2010.

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