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China Approves Two GMO Corn Strains for Imports

Demand for animal feed is surging in country as hog population rebounds

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China approved two genetically modified corn varieties from Bayer AG and Syngenta AG for imports as demand for animal feed surges, reports Bloomberg.

The two strains MON87411 and MZIR098, which are resistant to insects and tolerant of herbicides, are approved for imports for five years starting December 2020, according to a list from the agriculture ministry on Monday.

The latest approvals are notable as China’s corn imports have jumped to a record because the domestic hog population is rebounding faster than expected from African swine fever. That’s jolted the government into action, including resuming state corn sales and pledging to expand domestic crop production.

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