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Greenpeace’s argument is simple, clear and wonderfully conveyed by one of the best subverts I’ve seen in ages…

“Rice is daily food for half of the world’s population. Genetically modified (GM) rice, on the other hand, is a threat to our agriculture, our biodiversity and a possible risk to our health. GM rice is not grown commercially anywhere in the world. But the German chemical giant Bayer, 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 just a few weeks, the European Union will decide whether or not this GM rice can enter EU countries, appear on supermarket shelves and end up on our dinner plates.”

  • Andrew May 29, 2009 at 14:24

    This all sounds rather disgusting! I’m currently living in Japan and as far as I know they use pesticides on the rice crops. Well, that was my assumption anyway. Considering I eat rice every day now I think I best find out for sure.

  • fifediet May 25, 2009 at 14:13

    Thanks Sandra, here was me thinking it sounded fine.

  • Sandra May 25, 2009 at 08:10

    A note on glufosinate.
    Bayer maintains glufosinate is a “great step forward” because it degrades rapidly and does not contaminate the water used for irrigation. People, however, don’t eat soil or drink irrigation water, they eat the plants which have been sprayed with the herbicide. Glufosinate is an established ‘high risk’ to mammals, insects and wild plants (even outside the sprayed field), ‘unsafe’ for farmers at the concentrations handled (even when protective equipment is in use), an ‘acute risk’ for young children (at levels found in potatoes after the leafy part of the plant has been destroyed by glufosinate before harvesting), and a possible risk for the unborn child and for fertility. The US Environmental Protection Agency has reported glufosinate and its metabolites in all processed rice commodities. Glufosinate is not destroyed by boiling nor by cooking.

    Extract from Thoroughly illogical rice, GM-Free Scotland News, May 2009.