Anti-GM activists in China have vowed to trash China’s first commercial GM rice crop if the authorities give the green light to full-scale production of the controversial grain.

China’s GM rice, modified to contain Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) a bacterium that produces stronger pest resistance, is currently in the final stages of field tests and according to some sources approval for its wide deployment will come in 2006.

Already Greenpeace has blown the whistle on GM rice seeds being sold in China that were not yet approved for commercialization. Chinese anti-GM protestors close to Greenpeace have vowed to destroy the first commercial plantations.