China approves fewer GMO crop imports, hampering trade: U.S. industry group

China approves fewer GMO crop imports, hampering trade: U.S. industry groupBy Dominique Patton BEIJING (Reuters) – China is approving fewer new biotech crops for import than before, hampering the launch of new products globally and hurting trade, an American industry group said on Tuesday. China does not permit the planting of any genetically modified varieties of staple food crops amid deep-seated consumer opposition. The number of annual approvals has fallen to just one last year, down from three in previous years, according to China’s agriculture ministry.



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