Why black rice is a star superfood – Black rice rivals pricey blueberries as source of healthful antioxidants

Rice is often times heavily contaminated with arsenic!

Why black rice is a star superfood

Black rice rivals pricey blueberries as source of healthful antioxidants

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China’s First GMO Rice Gets US FDA Approval

China’s First GM Rice Gets US FDA Approval:

A genetically modified (GM) rice product developed by a group of Chinese scientists has acquired the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, the first such Chinese product allowed to enter the US market.

Source: www.globaltimes.cn

However, neither China nor the US has approved mass cultivation of the rice amid low acceptance from the Chinese public for GM food.

Huahui No.1 rice, developed by the Huazhong Agricultural University, is genetically engineered to resist a wide range of insects, thus reducing the use of pesticides.

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Chinese Scientists Just Figured Out a Way to Feed More Than 200 Million People

Chinese Scientists Just Figured Out a Way to Feed More Than 200 Million People:

Scientists at the Qingdao Saline-Alkali Tolerant Rice Research And Development Center in Qingdao, China have figured out a way to grow high-yield rice in salt water, Sputnik China reports.

The new saltwater-tolerant strain of rice is actually a tried and tested strain; now, however, scientists have been able to increase its yield nearly threefold, to 4.5 metric tons per hectare. Yuan Longping, China’s top authority on hybrid rice, told Chinese media that cultivation of the new hybrid rice would be able to feed over 200 million people.

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Global Crop Losses August 2016 (Wheat, Corn, Rice) Insurers Reel from Losses (Video)

27.08.2016

With strange floods, droughts and changing weather patterns globally, some areas are showing signs of the future of crop yield potential going forward to 2020. These are the areas that will continue to see losses YOY starting now.

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​More Than Half Of UK Rice Products Laced With Arsenic

A man works in a rice field in Nanan

​More than half of UK rice products laced with arsenic – report (RT, Nov 3, 2014):

Arsenic may be known as the ‘perfect murder weapon’, but more than half of Britain’s popular rice products – including cereals and snack foods – are filled with the toxic chemical, a new investigation suggests.

According to research conducted by Channel 4’s Dispatches program and the Institute for Global Food Security, around 58 percent of rice-based products in the UK contain huge levels of arsenic.

If an individual is exposed to it over long periods of time, they risk a range of major health problems, including nervous system damage and bladder cancer.

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China’s State Media Reveals Unapproved Genetically Modified Rice Is on the Market

China’s State Media Reveals Unapproved Genetically Modified Rice Is on the Market (Sustainable Pulse, July 29, 2014):

CCTV, China’s state broadcaster, has discovered genetically modified rice being sold in two southern provinces, the second such allegation it has made in two years at a time when public opinion seems to have hardened against the technology.

Source: Global Voices

An investigative report aired last Saturday said GM rice was found in the market in southern Hubei and Hunan province, where rice remains the staple food. The allegation by the television network has been substantiated by the Beijing Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau after samples taken from the two provinces tested positive for GM traces.

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Fukushima: 120 Bq/Kg Detected In 2 Bags Of Rice … All Other Bags To Be Shipped … Lowest Reading Was 57 Bq/Kg

120 Bq/Kg from 2 bags of rice in Minamisoma Fukushima / All the other bags are to be shipped (Fukushima, Oct 10, 2013):

Fukushima prefecture measured Cesium-134/137 over the safety limit from 2 bags of rice produced in Minamisoma city Fukushima in 2013. The reading was equally 120 Bq/kg about both of the bags for some reason. Fukushima prefectural government announced that on 10/8/2013.

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Rice Grown Nearby Fukushima Plant Cleared For Sale – Farmer: ‘I Would Not Dare Eat It … We Feel Guilty About Growing It And Selling It’

Rice grown nearby Fukushima plant cleared for sale — Farmer: “I would not dare eat it… We feel guilty about growing it and selling it” (VIDEO) (ENENews, Oct 11, 2013):

The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition), Oct. 10, 2013: Rice Grown Near Fukushima Cleared for Sale […] Rice grown in some areas within a 30 km radius of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant will be cleared for sale this year, but concerns remain. Some samples have tested positive for radiation well above the permitted level. So far only test farming of rice in the region was allowed. Fukushima Prefecture on Wednesday said 44 out of 52 sacks of 30-kg rice harvested in Minamisoma, 20 to 30 km from the power plant, likely exceeded the permissible levels of radioactive materials when tested with a conveyer-belt detector. The prefecture carried out thorough test of the 44 sacks, and detected 120 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, way over the permissible level of 100 becquerels. “It is possible to sell rice that does not exceed the level,” said a prefecture official. […]

Read moreRice Grown Nearby Fukushima Plant Cleared For Sale – Farmer: ‘I Would Not Dare Eat It … We Feel Guilty About Growing It And Selling It’