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China approves GMO soybeans

06/10/2013 @ 11:47am

The Chinese government has approved imports of three varieties of genetically modified soybeans that are of interest to Brazil, the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry said Monday on its website.

Brazilian Agriculture Minister Antonio Andrade, who is visiting China and requested the approval, received confirmation from Chinese Agriculture Minister Han Changfu, the ministry said.

The varieties, Intacta RR2 PRO, CV127 and Liberty Link, help suppress pests common in Brazil that prey on the plants, the Brazilian agriculture ministry said.

In April, Brazil exported 5.6 million tons of soybeans to China, with a value of $2.97 billion, the ministry said.

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