U of A Tests Genetically Modified Rice

SEPTEMBER 21, 2006 - Posted at 5:09 p.m. CDT

STUTTGART, AR - The University of Arkansas has announced that tests by an independant laboratory show no genetically modified rice has been in seed samples over the past three years.

The university's Division of Agriculture is a major supplier of foundation rice seed to seed dealers.  Arkansas products about half the rice grown in the United States.

Arkansas grows about half the nation's rice, and about half of the crop is exported.

In August, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that trace amounts had been found in the U.S. rice supply of the L-LRICE-601 protein that is present in a non-commercial cultivar of transgenic rice developed by Bayer CropScience.

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is searching for the source of the contamination.  Its presence has also prompted a number of lawsuits.

The price of rice is down about ten percent for growers.

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