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 rice.
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.