Cornucopia’s Take: Heilongjiang province is taking precautionary measures with GMOs, in opposition to Chinese central government sentiment. Given the recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that state and local governments can regulate GM crops, perhaps U.S. states will follow suit.
China’s Top Grain Producing Province Bans GM Crops
Farmers in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, China’s top grain producer, will be prohibited from growing Genetically Modified (GM) crops, according to a provincial regulation passed on Friday.
The regulation will become effective on May 1, 2017.
Growing of GM corn, rice and soybean will be banned, while illegal production and sales of GM crops and supply of their seeds will also be prohibited.
The new regulation also bans illegal production, processing, sale and imports of edible GM farm produce or edible farm products that contain GM ingredients. It requires all GM food be sold in a special zone, clearly indicated in stores.