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  Take action: Stand up for your rice!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Rice is daily food for half of the world's population. Genetically engineered (GE) rice, on the other hand, is a threat our agriculture, our biodiversity and a possible risk to our health.

Most countries have shied away from allowing risky experimentation with the world’s most important staple crop and at present, no GE rice is grown commercially anywhere in the world. But Bayer, the German chemical giant, has genetically manipulated rice to withstand higher doses of a toxic pesticide called glufosinate, which is considered to be so dangerous to humans and the environment that it will soon be banned from Europe.

In the coming weeks, the European Union will also decide whether or not this GE rice can enter EU countries, appear on supermarket shelves and end up on our dinner plates. If the European Union approves the import of Bayer GE rice, farmers in the US (and Asia) may soon start planting the manipulated crop.

We ask all governments around the world to protect consumers and farmers, their crops and fields by rejecting Bayer’s GE rice, and to stop GE rice field trials.


The iconic Philippine Rice Terraces, a UNESCO Living Cultural Heritage site, and considered as an Eighth Wonder of the World, has been declared a genetically-modified organism (GMO) free zone


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Blogger Ambres said...

Hmm something to we might diff opinions. Some people forget the advantages. fi with genetic changes they now added a vitamin to rice which makes it more healthy.
And what to think that they can make rice more productive, more disease resistances (so one could use Less pesticides) or grow more often?
Imagine the population grows and grows and food will be scarce and scarce they have to find ways to rice productivity. I wish it could be different but in my eyes its a solution.

There are still no reports that show that genetically altered food is bad.
And let us not forget that for centuries people are manipulating plants animals already (they can just be more precise).

ur Ambres

5/23/09, 3:11 AM  

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