High food prices ‘push China towards GMO’

Rising prices and concerns over food security have caused a shift in Chinese regulators' attitude towards genetically modified crops, Reuters quoted a prominent Chinese GMO advocate as saying on Wednesday.

Huang Jikun, director of the centre for Chinese agricultural policy at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said high food prices were forcing
the Chinese government to change its opinion on biotech food crops.

"They see the usefulness of technology for maintaining grains security, raising rural incomes and other policy goals," Reuters
quoted him as saying.

More than two-thirds of Chinese cotton fields are planted with biotech cotton, but the government has not approved biotech rice to be grown

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