Word of the Week: Poison Rice

毒大米 (dú dàmǐ): poison rice Rice that has been treated with toxic chemicals to increase its...

Inside China’s Genome Factory

At MIT Technology Review, Christina Larson profiles the world’s most prolific DNA sequencer, BGI-Shenzhen, which has unravelled the genomes of the rice plant and the giant panda, contributed to the international Human...

China May Restrict Genetically Engineered Rice

China’s state council has drafted a proposal for a new law that would restrict, among other things, the research, production, and sale of genetically engineered rice. Monica Tan, the Beijing-based web editor of Greenpeace...

Is China Really Ready for Transgenic Rice?

From Caijing Magazine: Every summer, crop researcher Zhu Zhen flies eagerly from Beijing to Fujian Province, in southeast China, to care for his patch of pest-resistant, transgenic rice growing in an experimental field. This new...

David Barboza: Signs of altered rice around China

From The International Herald Tribune: Genetically altered rice, which has not been approved for human consumption anywhere in the world, has been found in the food supply in one of China’s biggest cities, Greenpeace charged on Monday. Researchers for the environmentalist group said bags of rice that were purchased in April and May in Guangzhou […]

David Barboza: China’s Problem With ‘Anti-Pest’ Rice

From The New York Times: The farmer reaches down into a sack he keeps stored on the second floor of his house in a small farming village south of here and pulls up a fistful of rice that he says has no equal. “This is really remarkable rice,” he says, forcing it into the hands […]

Reuters: Rice a building block in China – Mar 1, 2005

From Reuters, via CNN.com: Rice fills the bowls on many Chinese tables — and also the cracks in its ancient buildings, and maybe even the Great Wall, Xinhua news agency reported. “The legend that ancient Chinese craftsmen used glutinous rice porridge in the mortar while building ramparts has been verified,” it said in a report […]

Jeremy Smith: China seen opening door soon to biotech rice

From Reuters: China could open the door to biotech rice within two years, paving the way for the GMO crop to enter the food stream across Asia, the head of a trade group said on Monday. “Rice is likely to be approved in China in the near term, maybe in two years,” said Clive James, […]

China creates genetically modified rice

From Big News Network.com: “China has created four varieties of genetically modified rice and may soon begin their commercial production, Xinhua news agency said Thursday. The four types of rice were submitted for approval at a recent meeting on biological safety sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, the state news agency said.”



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