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China won't back down on GMO regs

(Feb. 22, 2002 – CropChoice news) – China’s premier Zhu Rongii rejected U.S. requests for a delay in implementation of biotechnology regulations slated to take effect next month. The $1 billion per year U.S. soybean export market to China has stopped over uncertainty about the measures, which require that U.S. exporters certify the safety of transgenic soybeans.

The Chinese market is the biggest for U.S. farmers, accounting for 5.2 million of the 27 millions tons that the United States exported last year. Almost two third of the U.S. soybean crop is genetically modified.

Source: Associated Press, Reuters