China is sending mixed messages on the development of genetically-modified crop varieties, on the one hand saying legislation will soon allow them and on the other laying charges against developers.
The Ministry of Agriculture said it has found eight companies that illegally developed and marketed genetically-modified crops, mainly corn. It also found a company working on GMO cotton.
The ministry said seeds were confiscated and the companies fined.
China does not permit the production or planting of GM corn.
Yet Chinese leaders recently said biotechnology is important to improving food security.
The government apparently is fining developers until it can pass regulations and then crops can be commercialized.