The end of genetically-engineered rice in China?

Greenpeace seems rather enthusiastic: earlier this week, the State Council has released a draft proposal to restrict research, field trials, production, sale, import and export of genetically-engineered (GE) grain seeds.

It is not the first time that GE rice is under question in China. This time it seems even more serious as there are concerns that non-approved GE rice may have already ended on consumers’ plates.

If the proposal was to become law (a process that can be rather protracted – the telecommunication law has been in draft form more than 15 years), it would mark an important policy reversal: in 2010 commercial planting of GE rice was expected to take place between 2013 and 2015.