The US cultivates GMOs and the GM rice will definitely contaminate the food supply in the country. Most experts and health professionals have always warned of rice contamination of rice supply in the USA by the GMO rice. There has been a discovery of unapproved rice in the United States. The GE rice has infringed the conventional and organic rice prices, damaged US rice export markets, question the credibility of US authorities control over GMO foods and spurred farmer lawsuits against rice developer, Bayer Crop Science.
The Liberty Link601 GM rice was found by the US department of Agriculture, though it’s known when the contamination occurred. Samples collected from various stores and grain facilities tasted positive to LL601 and Bayer confirmed the findings but said that quantity of GMO rice found is 6:10000 grains. The LL601 rice variety is Liberty herbicide-resistant product. The New York report states that GM rice traces were found in commercial supply in Texas, Arkansa, Missouri, Mississippi and Louisiana.
The rice will also easily pass the traits to other conventional or organic rice. Contamination of rice supply by the LL601 rice will lead to banning of rice exports from the USA to other countries. Although the US may authorize the use of GMO products, other countries will not. Other countries in fact will not allow importation of genetically modified crops contaminated by GMO plants and vegetables. The contamination of the US food supply is likely to occur again like in 2001 when unapproved Starlink GM corn was discovered in food products.
Are Third-World Countries The Only Ones In Danger Of GMO Rice?
Third World countries may be at the risk of exposure to GMOS but, the developed countries are not spared the risk. There is a regulatory loophole that allows genetically engineered foods to be stocked in the store shelves without labels. Most control and vetting agencies lack firm rules on labeling and checking the GMO products. The PLU code required of food supplies are not adhered to. USA exports food products too many developed nations thus risk of contaminating their food supplies too.
Are Genetically Engineered Plants Supervised In The United States?
There are three regulatory bodies in the US that share the responsibility of regulating Agricultural Biotechnology. These include; Food Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
Within USDA, APHIS regulates all fields of genetically engineered plants, microbes and licenses their growth and sale. FDA regulates and controls all food products and feeds from new plant varieties. FDA requires testing and labeling any allergen products or contaminating the foods nutritional structure. EPA controls pesticide substances and pesticide resistant plants. It also controls safety environmental level maintenance. The US Food Drugs Administration proposed new strict guidelines for voluntary labeling on non-genetically modified foods. However, GMO producer Bayer Crop Science admitted that it’s unable to control the spread of GMOS permaculture before a jury in 2009 in a lawsuit filed against them due to contamination of US food supply by the Liberty Link 601 rice. Though there are regulatory rules, the credibility of the US control is still at stake.