Hybrid 'Human Rice': GMO Rice Contains Human Genes

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Human Genes Engineered into Experimental GMO Rice Being Grown in Kansas
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Unless the rice you buy is certified organic, or comes specifically from a farm that tests its rice crops for genetically modified (GM) traits, you could be eating rice tainted with actual human genes. The only known GMO with inbred human traits in cultivation today, a GM rice product made by biotechnology company Ventria Bioscience is currently being grown on 3,200 acres in Junction City, Kansas -- and possibly elsewhere -- and most people have no idea about it.

Since about 2006, Ventria has been quietly cultivating rice that has been genetically modified (GM) with genes from the human liver for the purpose of taking the artificial proteins produced by this "Frankenrice" and using them in pharmaceuticals. With approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Ventria has taken one of the most widely cultivated grain crops in the world today, and essentially turned it into a catalyst for producing new drugs.

Originally, the cultivation of this GM rice, which comes in three approved varieties (
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So Ventria's GM rice eventually ended up in Kansas, where it is presumably still being grown for the purpose of manufacturing drugs on 3,200 acres in Junction City. And while this GM rice with added human traits has never been approved for human consumption, it is now being cultivated in open fields where the potential for unrestrained contamination and spread of its unwanted, dangerous GM traits is virtually a given.

"This is not a product that everyone would want to consume," said Jane Rissler from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) to the Washington Post back in 2007. "It is unwise to produce drugs in plants outdoors."

Though receiving tens of thousands of public comments of opposition, many rightly concerned about the spread of GM traits, the USDA approved open cultivation of Ventria's GM rice anyway. This, of course, occurred after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had refused approval for Ventria's GM rice back in 2003 (http://www.kansasruralcenter.

GM 'pharmaceutical' rice could cause more disease, suggests report
Besides the threat of contamination and wild spread, Ventria's GM rice, which is purportedly being grown to help third-world children overcome chronic diarrhea, may conversely cause other chronic diseases.

"These genetically engineered drugs could exacerbate certain infections, or cause dangerous allergic or immune system reactions," said Bill Freese, Science Policy Analyst at the Center for Food Safety (CFS), who published a report back in 2007 about the dangers of Ventria's GM rice.

You can view that report here:

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    6th paragraph down:

    "Though receiving tens of thousands of public comments of opposition, many rightly concerned about the spread of GM traits, the USDA approved open cultivation of Ventria's GM rice anyway."
    2181 days ago
    So hard to know what is safe anymore!
    2181 days ago
  • MIMO11
    Very informative. Thank you.
    2182 days ago
    I just wish that people would wake up and tell them that they don't want frankenfoods and to stop sending the people back in office that allow them to get away with it. Congress can stop it but are paid by the industry to allow it. Time to elect others that will listen to the people with we speak.
    2183 days ago
    Nothing, absolutely nothing is safe anymore, unless USDA certified organic, AND, is NOT processed food (processed certified organics can, by law, contain neotame).

    So from now on, I'm only buying organic, even if it means I'll almost starve. I have alot of weight to lose, LOL; will be awhile before I starve. I have a bunch of dried rice, dried beans, etc., so after those are used up - A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G I pay for at the grocery store beginning today, from this point forward - 100% certified organic. It's getting bad when safe harbor foods like rice, are now Frankenfoods.
    2184 days ago
    That is beyond wrong
    2184 days ago
    This is so gross. I am most definitely not a vegetarian, but liver in my rice???? Come on now, Mr. Scientist. Are you on drugs? What the heck can you possibly be thinking? Does it always have to come down to the dollar? Think of humanity instead of your wallet. emoticon
    2184 days ago
    YIKES !!!!
    2184 days ago
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