LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, March 29, 2005, Associated Press: Stuttgart-based
Riceland Foods wants federal regulators to deny a request
by a competitor for a permit to grow genetically modified
rice in southeastern Missouri.
Riceland, the world's largest rice miller and marketer,
has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deny
Ventria Bioscience's request to grow about 200 acres
of the rice in Cape Girardeau, Scott and Mississippi
counties in Missouri.
The Missouri Farm Bureau supports Ventria, which recently
announced it was moving from Sacramento, California
to Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.
Riceland says there is no level of acceptance among
consumers, in the U.S. or abroad, for genetically modified
Ventria Bioscience says it wants to grow about 200
acres of rice engineered with human genes to produce
human proteins that could be used to make pharmaceuticals
for gastrointestinal health. The company wants to plant
in March or April.