More GM, please

“China’s corn yield is over 40% below that of North America. If GM is approved for adoption, you will immediately get a step-change”


Syngenta CFO Mark Patrick tells the South China Morning Post that the “Chinese government is very carefully considering all the pros and cons of GM [genetically modified] crop technology” and that the Swiss-based firm has been helping to reinforce the benefits. The crop-protection and seed company was bought by Chinese state giant ChemChina 20 months ago for $43 billion and thus now counts as a local player. Patrick predicts a quadrupling of its China market share over five years.

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