Business Journal: Local Company Gets Go Ahead For New Rice

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 9, 2006
In both California and Missouri, Ventria Bioscience encountered opposition in its efforts to grow its special, genetically modified rice. The rice is altered to produce two proteins found in women’s breast milk. The deal in Kansas allows up to 30,000 acres of the rice to be grown … and the company has signed a 10-year lease for a processing facility. Its pharmaceutical manufacturing will lead to an over-the-counter oral solution to combat diarrhea in children, which is a major problem in the Third World. Both California and Missouri eventually gave their OKs, but by then Ventria was dealing with officials in Kansas.