China to expand GM corn, soybeans trials amid rising food-security focus as Beijing seeks to dispel public safety concerns

  • China will expand a trial of genetically modified (GM) corn and soybeans to 20 counties across five provinces, with food security increasingly becoming a top priority for Beijing.
  • Hebei, Jilin, Sichuan, Yunnan and the Inner Mongolia autonomous region will play a role in expanding a trial that started with testing soybean fields in 2021 before being expanded to farms in Inner Mongolia and Yunnan the following year.
  • GM corn and soybean showed a very high resistance against grassland pests and weeds, increasing yields by 5.6 to 11.6 per cent, the ministry added.
  • The ministry cited numerous examples to urge residents to dispel their doubts and refuted long-standing rumours that GM food may cause cancer and infertility.

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