News FocusTRANSGENIC CROPS

China Takes a Bumpy Road From the Lab to the Field

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Science  20 Dec 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5602, pp. 2317-2319
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5602.2317

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BEIJING-- The Chinese government once enthusiastically embraced efforts to get genetically modified (GM) seeds into the hands of farmers and welcomed foreign investment in developing GM crops, but it is now proceeding with extreme caution. Officials point to growing concerns about biosafety as the reason for the shift, whereas others see trade policy as the driving force.