China recently rejected a 60,000 ton shipment of genetically modified corn from the US because the particular strain was not on its list of approved GM corn. The insect-resistant corn was developed by Swiss agricultural company Syngenta. Experts say that the rejection is an “isolated incident” and that China will continue to buy corn from the US. China is the third largest importer of American corn, and is expected to buy a record 7 million tons in the 2013-14 marketing year. The Chinese government has been attempting to push for a greater acceptance of GMOs, but consumer fear is still rampant in the country.
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