Rice with human proteins

From the country that brought you above-ground nuclear testing comes a new invention: rice with human proteins!

The commercial operation promises that these proteins can be given to the poor starving children in the world to help them recover more rapidly from disease, specifically diarrhea. The company offered the rice to Missouri farmers, but Anheuser-Busch blocked the idea. Now, some farmers in Kansas have agreed to accept the opportunity. The rice--there are three different versions, one for each of three proteins--will be grown on more than 3,000 acres in Kansas. The company plans to harvest the proteins and use them in drinks, desserts, yoghurts and muesli bars.

Hmmmmmmmmmm, how many muesli bars did you see in the most recent photos of children starving in the world???

Our USDA, in approving the project, says the rice poses "virtually no risk". and has given preliminary approval for it to be grown in Kansas, which has no commercial rice farms.

The company will "use dedicated equipment, storage and processing facilities supposed to prevent seeds from mixing with other crops." Odd, that the company's website doesn't say anything about the project--as least not anything recent. If it's so wonderrful, why not tout it?

So, while your pets are eating their melamine-laced food--a chemical that is banned in the US, but somehow got into our pet food-- think about what genetically-modified (GM) rice might do to our rice supply. Wonder what China thinks about this whole idea?

Just remember, the idea of this GM rice is not to release the rice itself to the public but to increase the production of certain proteins by using plants to produce the proteins. Then, the proteins are to be "extracted" from the rice and added to other foods. Doesn't this all sound a bit tangled to you? Do you believe the promises?

Marie Godfrey, PhD

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