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China approves Monsanto and Syngenta corn for import



China has approved two more genetically modified crops for import, the second such move in the past month to expand access to biotech seeds as part of 100-day trade talks with the U.S.

The two new crops, approved for three years, are a glyphosate-resistant corn, sold by Creve Coeur-based Monsanto under the Roundup Ready brand, and an insect-resistant corn, sold under Syngenta’s Agrisure Duracade brand.

The government last month gave the go-ahead to Dow Chemical Co.’s Enlist corn and Monsanto’s Vistive Gold soybeans. Four other products owned by Monsanto, Dupont and Dow remain on a waiting list.

The approvals come after China promised to speed up a review of pending import applications as part of the 100-day trade talks with the United States. China is the top export market for U.S. agricultural products.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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