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April 21, 2004: Viagra Rice?
If this were a "Sex in the City" episode, you'd imagine Samantha cooking up a storm.
Last month, the California Rice Commission panel (yes, Virginia, there really IS a CRC) voted to allow the trial plantings of pharmaceutical rice (rice that's been genetically engineered to produce drugs and vitamins).
The following week, California Department of Food & Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura, overturned the decision.
To many, pharmaceutical crops (also known as "Pharming") are a good way of bringing life-saving drugs to the market.
Others believe that the need for such products is questionable, and the risks to human health, agriculture and the environment pose far more dangerous risks.
Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network (ENN.Com), as we talk to farmers and scientists about the potential benefits and risks of Pharmed Rice.