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Thailand opposes any patenting of jasmine rice

(Oct 23, 2001 – CropChoice news) – As its name implies, the USDA-backed Stepwise Program for Improvement of Jasmine Rice for the United States wants to use genetic engineering to "improve" Thai jasmine fragrant rice. The resulting varieties likely would be patented, which the government of Thailand opposes.

Thai farmers and non-governmental organizations, concerned about the country’s exports, have lobbied the their government to stop U.S. rice researchers from genetically modifying the jasmine rice.

Source: Associated Press