This weekend, the Chinese public mourned the passing of Yuan Longping, the Chinese agronomist whose scientific breakthroughs in rice development helped to usher in the Green Revolution that ended famine in large parts of the...
Jul 23, 2014
毒大米 (dú dàmǐ): poison rice Rice that has been treated with toxic chemicals to increase its...
Feb 4, 2014
After Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission launched investigations into embattled...
Dec 19, 2013
Reuters reports that, since mid-November, over 600,000 tons of U.S. corn shipments have been...
Nov 21, 2013
A farmer in Zhejiang Province has successfully converted a rooftop into a rice field....
Feb 15, 2013
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...
Mar 2, 2012
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...
May 31, 2008
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...
Jun 13, 2005
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 […]
Apr 16, 2005
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 […]
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 […]
Feb 28, 2005
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, […]
Dec 2, 2004
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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