China Approves GM Rice

China’s Ministry of Agriculture recently declared two varieties of genetically modified rice “safe to produce and consume, taking a major step toward endorsing the use of biotechnology in the staple food crop of billions of people in Asia”(http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125959909959569901.html). RiceAlthough further approvals are pending and it will most likely be two to three years before GM rice is produced commercially, China is the world’s largest grower of rice and therefore has the power to change the production and consumption of rice on a global scale.

Fortunately, the Non-GMO Project’s Standard includes rice from China on its risk list, so buying “Non-GMO Project Verified” items or rice grown domestically (such as Lundberg Family Farm’s) is the best way to avoid consuming GM rice.