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China approves 16 U.S. genetically modified crop varieties

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China’s agriculture ministry approved 16 genetically modified (GMO) crop varieties for import, including Syngenta’s MIR162 Duracade corn and Dow Agrisciences Enlist corn.

“We are fully registered in the 34 states where we will sell products for the Enlist Weed Control System,” John Chase, U.S. commercial lead of Dow Agrosciences said.

Chase added this is a huge step forward for both companies.

“We had a very structured stewardship program for the past two years and 2/3 of growers who used our system said it was as good in broadleaf weed control as what they had been using and 1/3 said it was better,” Chase said.

Farmer lawsuits are still pending against Syngenta for selling an unapproved trait that China later rejected.

 

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