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China Signals GM, Biotech Push in Key Policy Statement

China will industrialise biotech breeding as part of a campaign to improve food security, top leaders said in a policy statement late on Friday, signalling Beijing could soon take a further step towards commercialising genetically modified (GM) 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. It said the country needed to prevent the misuse of land and build a “national food security industrial belt”.
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