On March 29th, the California Rice Commission gave their approval for the planting and milling of two genetically engineered drug-producing rice varieties spliced with synthetic human genes. This will be the first commercial pharmaceutical food crop in the world and could be planted anywhere in the state.
The Food and Drug Administration has established a zero tolerance for pharmaceutical crop products in food and animal feed. Contamination of the food supply with this rice is inevitable!
Final approval for this Pharmaceutical Rice must still be granted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CDFA may be making a decision at any time.
[ Californians for GE-Free Agriculture
I Background on GE Rice in California
I Raising Risk: Field Testing of GE Crops in the US
I BioTech IMC
I PDX-IMC's GMO Page
California Rice Commission Approves Two GE Drug-Producing Rice Varieties Spliced with synthetic human Genes