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 California.

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 in California.

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.