Ag Secretary Trying To Get China To Approve Biotech Regulatory Process

China recently rejected U.S. corn shipments because of the MIR-162 trait.  Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says he and others brought that problem up at a recent Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting held in China. He’s hopeful the U.S. will be able to shorten China’s very lengthy regulatory process and get them not to be as arbitrary as they’ve been in the past on those rules.

Vilsack says it’s tough to get that approval because of political pressures in China. He says he and others are working to get the Chinese government to relax those regulations and for Chinese farmers to adopt bio technology because it will be beneficial for them in the long run.

Vilsack says while they’ll continue to push China, they won’t move any quicker than when the political situation in China dictates that they need to move.

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