D'après le Sacramento Business Journal, la Commission du riz de la Californie demande aux politiciens de l'État d'imposer un moratoire sur la culture du riz OGM ! La controverse sur le riz OGM avec des gènes humains et celle sur la contamination du riz américain par un riz OGM illégal (LL601) n'y sont pas pour rien ! Pendant ce temps, le Mexique exige un certificat « sans OGM » (USA Rice Federation - bulletin du 14 mars 2007) pour les importations de riz en provenance des États-Unis. Pendant ce temps le gouvernement Canadien fait tout pour ne pas trouver de contamination au riz OGM (LL601) en testant à 0,5 % alors que les autres pays testent à 0,1 %. Vous pouvez toujours appelez l'Agence canadienne d'inspection des aliments au 1-800-442-2342 ou Steven Yarrow au 613 221-4390 () ou au responsable des communications à l'ACIA au 514 283-3815 poste 4253...
Sacramento Business Journal Commission opposes planting of biotech rice
Sacramento Business Journal
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
by Celia LambStaff writer
The California Rice Commission wants state regulators to put a
moratorium on the planting of genetically engineered rice in
The commission's Board of Directors on Wednesday voted in support of
a ban on field tests of genetically engineered rice. Biotechnology
companies must receive approval from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture and a regulatory board appointed by the state Department
of Food and Agriculture before planting genetically engineered rice
The state board, called the AB 2622 Advisory Board, will meet in two
to six weeks to consider two applications for growing genetically
engineered rice in California, said Tim Johnson, president and chief
executive officer of the Rice Commission. Funded by growers, the
Rice Commission markets California rice to consumers.
Davis-based Arcadia Biosciences has submitted one application this
year to plant rice engineered to tolerate high levels of salt in
soil. In past years Sacramento-based Ventria Bioscience has grown
rice engineered to make human proteins for medical foods in
California. This year it has applied for U.S. Department of
Agriculture authorization to grow the rice in Kansas, but it has not
applied for permission in California.
The Rice Commission's decision follows a U.S. Department of
Agriculture order last week that stopped the planting of a
conventional long-grain rice variety grown in the southeast because
of reports the seed had become contaminated with genetic traits from
a variety genetically engineered for herbicide resistance. Similar
contamination incidents last year led Japan to require testing of
all rice imports, including medium-grain rice from California.
"Given the tremendous impact on the market, the USDA system with
rice does not appear to be working," Johnson said.
The Rice Commission wants an opportunity to evaluate federal
regulations and decide whether research protocols and safeguards are
acceptable, the commission said in a press release.
Last week the environmental organization Greenpeace said it had
found evidence of herbicide resistant genetically engineered rice in
Mexican conventional rice supplies. The Mexican government responded
today by ordering importers to certify that rice coming into the
country is free of genetically engineered seed. That will affect
both medium-grain rice varieties grown in California and long-grain
supplies from the southeast, Johnson said.
No genetic contamination has been found in tests of California rice
conducted since August. California rice growers must submit samples
of the rice they intend to plant by March 21 for testing. The
non-profit California Crop Improvement Association, which is
conducting the tests, has worked through 65 samples and found no
contamination, said Rice Commission spokeswoman Beth Horan.