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Is this Vegetarian/Vegan ? There is so much progress out there that it is confusing.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks.<br><br><br><br><b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">The rice with human genes</span></b><br><br><br><br>
The first GM food crop containing human genes is set to be approved for commercial production.<br><br><br><br>
The laboratory-created rice produces some of the human proteins found in breast milk and saliva.<br><br><br><br>
Its U.S. developers say they could be used to treat children with diarrhoea, a major killer in the Third World.<br><br><br><br>
The rice is a major step in so-called Frankenstein Foods, the first mingling of human-origin genes and those from plants. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture has already signalled it plans to allow commercial cultivation.<br><br><br><br>
The rice's producers, California-based Ventria Bioscience, have been given preliminary approval to grow it on more than 3,000 acres in Kansas. The company plans to harvest the proteins and use them in drinks, desserts, yoghurts and muesli bars.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Source:<br><br><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=440302&in_page_id=1770&ico=Homepage&icl=TabModule&icc=NEWS&ct=5" target="_blank">http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...&icc=NEWS&ct=5</a>
 

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There was probably animal testing in the development of the rice while making sure that it was safe to eat, but as far as planting and cultivating it, I don't see where it would be any less vegan than regular rice.<br><br><br><br>
As a side note, it doesn't really matter whether or not it's vegan because products containing this new rice won't be labeled as such so there won't be a way to definitely avoid it while still eating rice and rice products.
 

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Animals and plants already share sequences, so two extra pieces of DNA aren't going to turn rice into an animal. A lot of lab techniques in molecular biology aren't very "vegan" though, if that's a concern.
 
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