China Agriculture Ministry: No Approval for Monsanto’s RR2 Xtend GMO Soybeans

Posted on May 17 2016 - 12:34pm by Sustainable Pulse

According to a statement last week by Beijing Food Safety Volunteers the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed to them that Monsanto’s RR2 Xtend GMO soybeans have not been approved for import, despite the company’s claims earlier in 2016.

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In February 2016, Monsanto told American farmers growing GMO Roundup Ready soybeans that China had approved the import of Monsanto’s new RR2 Xtend soybeans tolerant to both Glyphosate + Dicamba herbicides.

However, this seems to have been a “lie” according to Beijing Food Safety Volunteers, who received the following statement from China’s Agriculture Ministry:

“Our ministry never accepted Monsanto’s safety evaluation application material for ‘Glyphosate- tolerance + Dicamba-tolerance” GM soybeans (MON87708×MON89788), never issued ‘Safety Certificate’ to Monsanto’s  ‘Glyphosate- tolerance + Dicamba-tolerance” GM soybeans (MON87708×MON89788). Government information, i.e. “Safety Certificate” No. and awarding date, you applied disclosure for Monsanto’s  ‘Glyphosate- tolerance + Dicamba-tolerance” GM soybeans (MON87708×MON89788) accordingly does not exist.”

“Our ministry never accepted Monsanto’s safety evaluation application material for ‘Glyphosate- tolerance + Dicamba-tolerance’ Government information, i.e. unrevised copy of “Edible Safety” toxicology animal test report, you applied disclosure for Monsanto’s ‘Glyphosate- tolerance + Dicamba-tolerance” GM soybeans (MON87708×MON89788) accordingly does not exist.

“Our ministry never accepted Monsanto’s safety evaluation application material for ‘Glyphosate- tolerance + Dicamba-tolerance’. Government information, i.e. the “Agricultural GM Safety Evaluation Application Report”, you applied disclosure for Monsanto’s ‘Glyphosate- tolerance + Dicamba-tolerance” GM soybeans (MON87708×MON89788) accordingly does not exist.”

In another blow to Monsanto’s new product they announced Tuesday that while Roundup Ready 2 Xtend (RR2X) are tolerant to dicamba and glyphosate herbicides, no dicamba herbicides will be approved for use on RR2X soybeans during the 2016 growing season.

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  1. Melissa Holt July 23, 2016 at 20:15 - Reply

    Please let me know the latest that you know of Monsanto trying to gmo seed altering in China in USA or anywhere else on planet Earth when organic is better now and in the long run

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