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America's GMO firms face China hurdle

Chinese consumer wariness over GMO safety has risen of late, and at the same time, Chinese regulatory approvals have ground to a near halt

US corn and soyabean farmers have largely embraced the genetically modified specialty crops that can tolerate treatments of herbicide and fight off harmful pests. But reluctance by China to approve some types of genetically engineered US grain is a significant problem for the entire US agricultural sector.

Kansas City, Missouri

WITH US approval for Dow AgroSciences' package of chemicals and new genetically engineered crops now in hand, the Dow Chemical Co unit faces a major obstacle to a US$1 billion market opportunity: Chinese import barriers.

The Asian nation has become a major...

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