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Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released that the isolation distance of genetically modified (GM) rice has been increased

Last modified April 19, 2006 21:12

On March 8, 2006 the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released that the isolation distance of genetically modified (GM) rice has been increased to 30 meters from the 20 meters, required under the guidelines set up in February 2004, according to a draft revision of the guidelines of GM crops experiment released by the ministry on December 26, 2005.

On March 8, 2006 the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released that the isolation distance of genetically modified (GM) rice has been increased to 30 meters from the 20 meters, required under the guidelines set up in February 2004, according to a draft revision of the guidelines of GM crops experiment released by the ministry on December 26, 2005.

The revision is based on the detection of cross-pollinated seeds 25.5 meters away from GM rice during monitoring of a cultivation experiment conducted in 2004 by the National Agricultural Research Center for the Tohoku Region, which operates under the auspices of the National Agriculture and Bio-oriented Research Organization.

The ministry started holding meetings of experts on December 2, 2005 to help draw up the draft revision. In the plan, two kinds of crops, sugar beet and papaya, were also added to the eight formerly certified GM crops, which include rice, soybeans and corn.

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