Biotech wheat has yet to show whether it will be a blessing or a curse to U.S. growers, and China’s increased interest in biotech is making the dilemma more intense.

If the United States were to sell biotech wheat to buyers in China, it might lose its wheat market in Japan, which wants nothing to do with genetically engineered varieties.



China signaled more interest in biotech products last month by reducing paperwork requirements for imports of five Monsanto varieties of genetically modified corn, soybeans and cotton. Three of the products resist the company’s Roundup herbicide, letting growers kill weeds without also killing their crops.



The approvals raise expectations that China might soon accept Monsanto’s Roundup Ready wheat, said Michael Doane, Monsanto’s director of industry affairs.



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