Stop Drug Rice in MissouriFoiled in California, Ventria is now attempting to plant their dangerous GMO drug rice in Missouri. Act now to prevent rice from being contaminated with hazardous GMOs.
A small pharmaceutical company called Ventria Biosciences is attempting
to plant its varieties of genetically engineering pharmaceutical rice —
engineered with human genes — in the bootheel of Missouri, the heart of
the state’s rice-producing region. They have applied to the US
Department of Agriculture for permits to grow up to 204 acres of their rice,
and hope to plant it this Spring.
The US Food and Drug Administration has not certified that this rice is
safe for human consumption, and their policy states that drugs in food
is unacceptable. Howver, many scientists, rice farmers and regulators
acknowledge that it is impossible to guarantee that contamination of the
food supply won’t happen. The Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising
Council is opposed to the planting of this rice, and the National Food
Processors Association demands “no use of food or feed crops for
plant-made pharmaceutical production without a ‘100% guarantee’ against any
One year ago, Ventria attempted to plant their drug-producing rice in
California. A huge outcry from rice farmers, environmentalists,
consumers, and legislators forced the California Department of Food and
Agriculture to delay a decision, which prevented the planting in 2004.
Ventria has since moved its operations to Missouri, where it expects to meet
with less resistence and regulations.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture will ultimately have the
authority to stop the planting of Ventria’s rice, protect the food supply from
contamination by drugs, and protect the economic well-being of rice
farmers. But they need to hear from from you to influence their decision.
The letter below demands that the Director of Agriculture call for a
30-day comment period to hear from all concerned constituents about this
important issue. Please fax or email it right away — time is of the
essence since the rice could be planted as early as April 2005.
You can email your letter to email@example.com, Attn: Mr. Ferrell,
If you prefer, you can fax your letter to (573) 751-1784 or (573)
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