China plans to focus on growing GM crops

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) — China will industrialize biotech breeding as part of a campaign to improve food security, top leaders said in a recent policy statement, signalling Beijing could soon take a further step toward commercializing genetically modified crops.

According to a statement issued after the annual Central Economic Work Conference held on Dec. 16-18, China needs to make better use of science and technology to achieve a “turnaround” in its seed industry.

“The key to ensuring food security lies in implementing the strategy of storing grain in the ground and storing grain in technology,” according to the statement, published by the official Xinhua news agency.

The statement identified the seed industry and the state of China’s arable land as major priorities over the next year.

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