Under Draft 'Grains Law,' No GM Rice
Earlier this month, Origin Agritech Ltd. Chairman Han Gengchen was optimistic. By 2013, he predicted, his company would be the first to commercially produce genetically-modified (GM) corn in China, after years of government clearances and delays.
Han's wait, however, may extend beyond 2013. Days after his announcement, the Chinese government signaled that it may be far from approving bioengineered corn and rice, in its first-ever "Grains Law" draft legislation released February 21.
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