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Top rice producer China close to mass GMO production
China, the world's biggest producer and consumer of rice, could be about to become the first country to approve large-scale planting of a genetically modified version, state media said on Thursday.

The State Agricultural GMO Crop Biosafety Committee, the technical body which evaluates GM rice for research and marketing, would likely meet in November with four varieties of GM rice on the agenda, the China Daily said.

The varieties -- three insect-resistant and one which can withstand bacterial blight -- had been under pre-production safety evaluation since last December.

"The committee's decision is the last step before commercialisation," the newspaper said.

"China's GMO rice technologies lead the world and they are very mature for commercialisation," it quoted Zhen Zhu, a leading rice scientist, at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as saying.

Environmental group Greenpeace said in June GMO rice had been found illegally at grain wholesalers in south China, even though it had not gone through safety testing or been approved by the government.

Pressure to launch GMO rice in China comes at a time when the country is facing a tough task in raising urban grain output and narrowing the income gap between farmers and urban citizens.

Rice is a staple for most of the country.

Proponents of genetically modified crops say they will improve yield and reduce plants' vulnerability to pests.

Opponents say pests will develop greater resistance to the modified crops, and that the techniques undermine biodiversity and could prove dangerous for human consumption.

The China Daily said the insect-resistant GM rice reduced pesticide use by nearly 80 percent while the yield was 6-9 percent higher.
MGR Archive 29.9.2005
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