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Chinese citizens protest ChemChina-Syngenta deal

Reading Time: 2 minutes Beijing | Reuters — Around 400 Chinese citizens have signed a letter to protest the purchase of Swiss-based seeds and pesticides company Syngenta by state-owned ChemChina, saying the deal would eventually lead to genetically modified crops being sown across swathes of the country. Critics of genetically modified organisms argue the technology poses risks to public […] Read more

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China plans to cut domestic corn prices to shrink stockpiles

Reading Time: 3 minutes Beijing | Reuters — Beijing plans to cut local corn prices for a second year as it pushes to reignite stalled demand from its crisis-hit grain processors and whittle down the world’s biggest corn stockpile, industry sources said. In its latest move to boost a sector that has struggled with the world’s most expensive domestic […] Read more


Analysts expect China to issue grain import quotas after state sales end

Reading Time: 2 minutes Beijing | Reuters — China’s grain imports could plummet this year, with the government determined to sell off as much of its bulging state grain reserves as possible before it finally grants mills permission to buy overseas, analysts said. In previous years, private mills were normally allocated grain import quotas in January, allowing them to […] Read more

Rejections expected: China finds more unapproved GM corn from U.S.

Reading Time: 3 minutes China, one of the world’s largest corn importers, is likely to reject more U.S. shipments of the grain after they were found to contain a genetically modified variety not approved by Beijing, traders said. That has sparked fears that other cargoes could be turned away, with some traders and buyers warning that uncertainty over the […] Read more