With the safety certificates for China’s GMO rice and corn expiring soon, the country will take an “active and cautious” policy toward genetically modified food, said Chen Xiaohua, deputy minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, on Wednesday.
“By ‘active,’ I mean we will strengthen research and try to breed new GMO strains with our own intellectual property rights as soon as possible, so that we can take the lead in this field,” he told reporters. “By ‘cautious,’ I mean we will work to ensure safety in promoting and applying GMO products. That’s why we have made strict laws and regulations and set up a whole set of safety evaluation mechanisms and a regulating chain involving various departments.”
“Concerning the industrialization of research and development results, we will take the same policy,” Chen added.
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