GE Rice Contamination Hotspots Map for India

Publication - November 28, 2006
Rice is the world’s most important staple food - grown and consumed by a vast majority of Indians.But the future biodiversity of rice; the livelihood of rice farmers, producers and consumers is threatened by the introduction of Genetically Engineered rice. In 2005 and 2006 open-air field experiments with untested Genetic Engineered rice were and are still being conducted in farmers fields in Haryana, UttarPradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamilnadu.

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Executive summary: In August 2006, news about Bayer’s’ Genetically Engineered LL Rice, under field trials in the US that had contaminated the US rice stock; rice products in Europe and the Middle East resulted in countries like Japan placing a ban on rice varieties from the US and the EU placing restrictions on U.S long grain rice. Indian rice exporters have much to loose from a potential contamination from GE open experiments as in the year 2005/06 India exported 1.15 million tones of basmati worth 3030 crores making us the 3rd largest exporter of rice in the world. Greenpeace brings you a map that reflects both the content and scale of a potential GE rice contamination from open air field experiments.