Well…not really…but kind of….well, it’s not like you can taste any human while eating the rice.
What the hell am I talking about? It seems that Japanese researchers have inserted a gene from the human liver into rice to enable it to digest pesticides and industrial chemicals. The thinking being that this rice might be able to be planted on land previously unusable due to pollution.
Personally, I’m not repulsed by the idea of this, at least in regards to cannibalism, although admittedly, I’m particularly bemused on how many people are defining cannibalism. Apparently for some, eating an enzyme is sufficient. This makes me wonder about other practices in which human detritus is consumed (think sex acts) and whether or not that constitutes the ulitmate taboo.
But I digress.
My concern, as always when it comes to genetically modified food, is regulation. Who knows how this new breed of rice would react if it happened to get out into the wild. Professor Richard Meilan of Purdue University has the same concern:
But he and other scientists caution that if the gene were to escape to wild relatives of the rice it could create particularly vicious superweeds that were resistant to a wide range of herbicides.
Ah.. superweeds. All in the name of progress.