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Unapproved GM Rice Contaminates Global Supply

Elizabeth Renter
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July 8th, 2013
Updated 07/08/2013 at 4:42 am
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field rice 263x164 Unapproved GM Rice Contaminates Global SupplyAs we fight to put an end to genetically modified crops (or at least be told when they are in our food), another batter wages on. This battle is being fought by huge corporations like Monsanto and Bayer CropScience—they are fighting to ensure their genetically modified seeds take over the world’s agricultural supply regardless of what the people want. Just like the unapproved GM flax NaturalSociety reported on last week, genetically modified rice is contaminating the global supply despite having never been approved for growing or eating.

As the GM Contamination Register reports, during 2006 and 2007, three different strains of genetically modified rice were found in US rice exports and subsequently the world over. There were three specific strains of rice—one of which was approved in the U.S. and the other two which were not. Still, none of the strains were approved for cultivation or consumption anywhere else in the world. In total, the GM rice was found in more than 30 countries.

It’s believed the initial contamination began in the U.S. during field trials of the herbicide-resistant rice made by Bayer Crop-Science. The trials were abandoned in 2002 and although two different strains were deregulated by officials, the rice was never placed on the market.

According to the USDA, these field trials, which took place between the mid-1990s and 2002, are to blame for the eventual global contamination. Interestingly, they were unable to determine if the contamination occurred because of cross pollination or mechanical mixing.

The discovery of GM rice in their U.S. imports has led countries from across the globe to pull U.S. rice from their shelves, and understandably so. Just as in the seemingly-rogue GM wheat discovered in Oregon or the GM-flax found worldwide—no one wants these lab-created monsters in their countries.

Experts say this contamination is inevitable and that it will continue. No doubt, GM-giants like Monsanto and Bayer CropScience are okay with this.

“Scientific studies confirm that GM contamination is unavoidable once GM crops are grown in a region,” explains the Earth Open Source report GMO Myths and Truths (pdf). “‘Coexistence’ rapidly results in widespread contamination of non-GM crops … through cross-pollination, spread of GM seed by farm machinery, and inadvertent mixing during storage.”

While the future may look bleak for traditional non-GM crops, people across the globe are continuing to fight back—letting it be known that we won’t allow these corporations to take over agriculture without a fight. To show your support, involve yourself in the Monsanto Video Revolt taking place on July 24th, where millions of people around the world will voice their opposition to GMOs and Monsanto alike all over the internet.

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  • Maria

    I wonder, are they eating this in Israel too?
    That's why the Clinton's eat vegetables out of their own yard?
    I can imagine they can have good poultry, meat and fresh milk flown in.
    Just like the Reagan's had special meat delivered.
    Heard the royals in the Netherlands are doing that too.
    But it is okay for the people to eat the junk.
    But hey, they have to breath the air too.
    Obama got a lot of money for his election from Monsanto.
    Other people in the government received a lot of money from Monsanto.
    It is unbelievable what these people are doing to our world.

  • Solange S.

    I was under the impression that GM crops were not able to reproduce, so that farmers had to continue to buy seeds from the companies selling them year after year, and so they could not store any of their own seed. This was also listed as the cause of many farmers in India committing suicide. Perhaps it varies with the type of crop?

    • Sue Nicholoy

      What I read corresponds to your reading with one difference. The farmers in India are committing suicide due to the lies of Monsanto that their seeds would withstand drought far better than ordinary seed. They had drought the first year and their yield plummeted. Not saying I am right, but I have read that.

    • Dr. C.

      Actually GMO seeds can reproduce and Monsanto just won a Supreme Court case to prevent farmers from saving their seed.
      http://grist.org/news/supreme-court-hands-a-big-w

      "the Supreme Court today ruled unanimously that an Indiana soybean farmer violated the company’s patent by saving its trademark Roundup Ready seeds.

      Every time a farmer buys seeds from Monsanto, she or he must sign a contract agreeing not to save seeds from the crop. "

  • Gertrude

    Proof that pushing GMO is not just a commercial act to make more profit. In a docu years ago, cornseeds were found to be spread among native ancestor corn fields. Bags sometimes laying on the side of the road. Once contaminated the death of that specific variety is almost certain. There are no nutrients in GMO corn, Mercola claims. So what is at stake? Higher levels of glyphosate/roundup spraying have been approved of. Lithium has been found to be sprayed in the air by launcing rockets. Why did i ever even bother to go to school when not only sacred knowledge is beyond my human capacity of understanding, but this whole world. All learned disproven or false. Western History as learned in schools never happened.

  • Patti Jo Edwards

    The solution may be community – to unite, each with their own passionate focus as the 99.99% against the .01%. I combined three concerns that I believe are backed by the same insane people: Fracking, GMO and GeoEngineering into a song. All of these things are killing us and laying waste our planet. Here is the link to the YouTube Video. Please, share and inform that we may unite and work toward the common good. http://youtu.be/vPpCACPq6-8