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Biosafety Workshop in Beijing

November 25, 2011

Policies on genetic modification (GM) should be based on science and consider public concerns. There is a need to highlight GMO regulation and management as well as increasing public acceptance. Participants shared these insights during the USTDA-MOA Biosafety Administration Cooperation Workshop held in Beijing on November 17 to 18, 2011. Stakeholders from government, agricultural industry, institutes, and colleges took part in the meeting which is held annually.

Mr. Ynquan Shi, the department deputy head of science and technology development of the Ministry of Agriculture gave the opening address. Topics discussed included the role of biotechnology in agriculture, experiences of the private sector in research and product development, and market-consumer oriented research.

For more information, contact Prof. Hongxiang Zhang from the China Biotechnology Information Center at zhanghx@mail.las.ac.cn.