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Does rice really need to be genetically modified?

Posted by christian — 16 April 2009 at 2:03pm - Comments

The Philippine rice terraces, a UNESCO Living Cultural Heritage site, has been declared a genetically-modified organism (GMO) free zone

In the world of food staples, rice has a pretty iconic status. Over half of the global population eat it every day. It has been grown around the world for over 10,000 years. It's cultivated in 113 countries. If rice was a pop group, it would be the Beatles.

Counting the cost of GM contamination

Posted by jamie — 9 November 2007 at 3:13pm - Comments

Indian farmers campaigning against GM rice

Indian farmers campaigning against GM rice near Lucknow earlier this week © Greenpeace

A couple of GM stories have popped up recently over on our international site, one of which requires your help.

World's largest rice company bans GM-contaminated imports from US

Posted by jamie — 2 October 2006 at 8:00am - Comments

A selection of different rice varieties

Just weeks after we uncovered US rice on supermarket shelves across Europe, including the UK, containing illegal genetically modified (GM) rice, the scandal continues to grow with more illegal GM rice being discovered. In the latest blow for the GM industry, the world's largest rice processing company has stopped importing US rice into Europe due to the threat of contamination.

Food Standards Authority faces legal action over GM rice in UK supermarkets

Posted by jamie — 18 September 2006 at 8:00am - Comments

The rice contamination scandal continues to grow but the Food Standards Agency isn't enforcing the law

It never rains but it pours, and the scandal of US rice contaminated with an illegal genetically modified (GM) variety shows no signs of slowing down. In the latest twist, Friends of the Earth has indicated it intends to launch legal proceedings against the Food Standards Authority (FSA) after finding contaminated rice on sale in UK supermarkets.

One fifth of US rice contaminated with illegal GM strain

Posted by jamie — 14 September 2006 at 8:00am - Comments
'Genetic engineering - hands off', the label says on a plate of rice contaminated with an illegal GM variety

'Genetic engineering - hands off', the label says on a plate of rice contaminated with an illegal GM variety

Up to one fifth of rice entering the EU is contaminated with an illegal genetically modified (GM) strain from the US. Those are the findings of the European Commission's own investigation into EU rice imports, following the admission in August by the US government that untested strains of GM rice had entered the food chain.

GM rice contamination reaches the UK

Posted by jamie — 5 September 2006 at 8:00am - Comments
Greenpeace has discovered illegal GM (Genetically Modified) rice from China has contaminated food products brought in the UK.

Greenpeace has discovered illegal GM (Genetically Modified) rice from China has contaminated food products brought in the UK.

Illegal, genetically modified (GM) rice - unapproved for human consumption and containing a toxin that may cause allergic reactions in humans - has been found in food products in the UK, Germany and France.

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