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GMO FREE REGIONS & PRODUCTS: On non-GM soybeans in China and India



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TITLE:  Push for non-GM soybeans
SOURCE: People's Daily Online, China
AUTHOR: China Daily
URL:    http://english.people.com.cn/200703/16/eng20070316_358186.html
DATE:   16.03.2007
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Push for non-GM soybeans

Grow local. That's the message from groups trying to convince the
government China's natural soybeans are better than genetically modified
(GM) imports.

Facing the soaring imports of GM soybeans, Lu Weifeng, head of the
agricultural reclamation bureau of Northeast China's Heilongjiang
Province, urged the government to encourage greater production of the
domestic variety.

"China's domestically produced soybean has its unique advantage: It's
not genetically altered," he said. "Non-GM soybean is safe and
increasingly welcomed by consumers."

Lu, a deputy for the current session of the National People's Congress
in Beijing, made the comment at yesterday's meeting of Heilongjiang-
based deputies to review Premier Wen Jiabao's report on government work.
The province is a major base for China's soybean production.

Last year, China imported 28.27 million tons of soybeans, a historical
high. Most of them were GM-soybeans and only 13,000 tons imported from
Canada are non-GM.

Meanwhile, China's domestic production of soybean, which was 15.5
million tons last year, or about 55 percent of the imports, has been on
the decline in recent years.

In early 2005, China gave a safety certificate to imports of a type of
US soybean, that had been genetically modified to resist herbicides.

A panel review organized by the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) concluded
it was safe, an official from the ministry's office in charge of bio-
safety management, told China Daily. The official asked not to be named.

Meanwhile, the Heilongjiang deputy said the soybean industry was
preparing to create an association.

In 2003 the MOA reportedly revealed a plan to develop Northeast China
into the world's largest export-oriented non-GM soybean production
center in the next five years.


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TITLE:  India's 06/07 soymeal exports seen down at 3.5 mln T
SOURCE: Reuters, India
AUTHOR: 
URL:    http://in.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?
type=businessNews&storyID=2007-03-17T
160849Z_01_NOOTR_RTRJONC_0_India-291354-1.xml&archived=False
DATE:   17.03.2007
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India's 06/07 soymeal exports seen down at 3.5 mln T

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's soymeal exports in the year ending March
2007 are likely to be around 3.5 million tonnes, down about 500,000
tonnes from the previous year due to higher domestic demand, a top trade
official said on Saturday.

Domestic consumption was hit last year by an outbreak of bird flu in
some states which hit feed demand.

"In the first six months of the new season which began in October around
700,000 tonnes of meal has been sold in the domestic market and sales
during the whole year should touch 1.5 million tonnes," said Davish
Jain, chairman of Prestige Group, a leading meal and oils trading firm.

Trade officials said domestic meal demand was growing with expansion in
the poultry industry.

Jain said exports were also higher last year because of some carry over
stocks from 2004/05.

He added Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and other South East
Asian nations would continue to be India's main customers for soymeal.

Indian soymeal is preferred over other origins because of its better
protein content and because it is non-genetically modified.

Jain said bird flu in some countries would not have any impact on demand
for Indian meal as the disease was not very widespread.

But he added that prices of soybean and soymeal have risen sharply by
around 1,000 rupees in the last 15 days because of low supplies.

He said soybean was selling at 15,300 rupees per tonne while soymeal was
quoted at 11,300 rupees per tonne.

India grows only one soybean crop which is harvested in the winter
months from November.

Jain said the total acreage under oilseeds crop in the year ending
September would fall to 9.4 million hectares from 10.4 million hectares
a year ago, because of diversion to wheat and pulses which fetch better
prices.


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