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China wants tougher regulation of genetically modified crops

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China aims to crack down further on the cultivation of illegal genetically modified crops, following instances of the planting of unapproved strains of corn and soybeans.

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The agriculture ministry began a nationwide investigation last year amid media reports that farmers in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang were planting unapproved GMO varieties of soybeans.

As much as 93 percent of samples from cornfields in Liaoning, another northeastern province, tested positive for GMO contamination, a survey by environmental group Greenpeace shows.

"We need to strengthen day-to-day regulation and strictly supervise the implementation of the law," said Han Jun, the deputy director of the office of the Chinese Communist Party's rural policy unit.

"From the source we must prevent genetically modified seeds that have not been approved from illegally entering the market," Han told a news briefing.

People worried about the risks of genetically-modified (GMO) products must get the right to choose whether to use them, he added.

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