New Rice Type Promising to Fight Global Warming

Published Date : Jul 27, 2015

A new rice has been developed by scientists that claims, it can help to fight the global warming war. However, the invention of this new type of rice is marked with some issues. It is good that a new type of rice will help to reduce the effects of global warming, as rice paddies are notorious for the emissions they causes. However, this new type of rice is a GMO, which is a genetically modified food. And currently, consumers around the world are strongly pro non-GMO foods.

This rice was developed after three years of intensive field trials conducted in China by a team of international scientists. This new rice type is expected to propel food sustainability without adding to the harmful emissions that contribute to global warming. Also, many experts are hailing the findings as a ground breaking one. However, this new rice type is adding fuel to the global debate over GMO foods.

At present, rice paddies are considered as one of the major sources of atmospheric methane, which is the second most lethal greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide. Furthermore, methane is responsible for around one fifth of the effects of global warming. This new rice type constitutes a DNA from barley and emits only one percent methane. Furthermore, this rice type is supposed to have a higher yield per plant.

This new rice was created by a team led by Chuanxin Sun, who is a plant biochemist based at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in partnership with American and Chinese scientists. The results of this project came after a three year field trial in the country.

However, Sun acknowledged that still much work is to be done before the rice holds up in actual field trials. These findings come with some ethical issues, such as should people be concerned if GMO crops are safe for consumption.