Rice

29 Jul

I made some Mexican Rice last night, and found myself wondering if the rice that I use is GMO rice.  We have a huge bag of Diamond G Calrose Rice –which is distributed by the Farmers Rice Cooperative from Sacramento, CA.

As I went on Google to find information, I was shocked to find articles about biotechnology and rice dating back to 2001.  I feel like I’m 10 years too late on this one.  Apparently, back in 2001 the Farmers Rice Cooperative had a policy to segregate GMO rice and non-GMO rice.  This led me to two points:

  1. I wonder if this policy still exists 10 years later.
  2. I bet that large bag of Diamond G Calrose Rice I have is GMO rice (they don’t have to label it, after all).

This opened a huge pile of articles about how GMO rice was snuck into the system even though the grower’s didn’t want it.  AND what’s more is that it’s not affecting you if you just eat cooked rice.  Rice is in a number of things, as the GMO Free World Blog wrote in 2007, “if in the past year or so you or your family ate Uncle Ben’s, Rice Krispies, or Gerber’s, or drank a Budweiser – Anheuser-Busch (Charts, Fortune 500) is America’s biggest buyer of rice – you probably
ingested a little bit of Liberty Link, with the unapproved gene. ”

I still haven’t found an answer after scowering numerous online articles and websites.  I emailed this grower to find some answers.  I’ll post an update when (if) I hear a response.

But I did learn one thing–the next time I buy rice, it’s going to be organic.

 

One Response to “Rice”

  1. Sharon December 20, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    Is Diamond G Calrose Rice GMO rice?
    Is it true?
    How do you prove it.

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