US pushes China to speed biotech crop approvals, import more ethanol as trade talks continue

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The Trump administration is pressing China to approve biotech corn traits and import more American ethanol and a byproduct of ethanol production often used in livestock feed, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said [February 27].

“We had been selling a good amount into China. They stopped when they started in on the corn traits. Hopefully, we can get that restored as well,” Perdue added.

Perdue’s comments echoed statements U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer made in testifying on Capitol Hill today. Lighthizer told lawmakers that addressing China’s process for approving genetically engineered crops — often criticized for yearslong delays and little transparency — has been a top focus of larger talks between the two countries to resolve the trade war.

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Read full, original article: Perdue: U.S. pressing ethanol, biotech approvals in China trade talks (Behind paywall)

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