|Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 4:25 am: || |
USDA TO APPROVE RICE ENGINEERED WITH HUMAN GENES
The USDA public comment deadline of March 30th regarding rice engineered with human genes is quickly approaching. The rice, developed by Ventria Bioscience has been given pre-approval by the USDA for planting and harvesting in California. The plants have been engineered to synthesize a human protein that would be used as a drug to treat diarrhea. When planted in an open environment, these biotech rice fields have the potential to contaminate conventional rice fields where the crops are being grown for consumer food products. According to Jane Rissler of the Union of Concerned Scientists, "This is not a product that everyone would want to consume. It is unwise to produce drugs in plants outdoors."
Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_4472.cfm