The times they are changing and humankind must find new ways to adapt to the new and start forgetting the old. Nothing is what it used to be, and food is no exception to the rule. A group of international scientists got into developing a new type of genetically modified tice that is designed to boost food sustainability without adding to climate change. Experts declared that the findings are a highly important breakthrough, although critics opinionate that genetically modified foods are not exactly the best alternative, with all the global warming suppression involved.
GM rice is resulted by transferring a barley gene into a rice plant. But from discovery to expansion and ultimately permission to have it grown commercially, an uphill battle must unfold. Anything that has the genetically modified stamp on it is highly controversial and poorly received by experts that are extremely reluctant in front of changing dietary habits and replacing them with man-invented types of foods.
The great benefit of the genetically modified rice is that it produces much less methane gas. Reducing levels of methane emission which occurs in flooded rice paddies is a great concern.
Chuanxin Sun, a plant biologist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is responsible with the breakthrough discovery. The field research was performed on the fertile soils in China and the results seemed to be highly promising.
The research revealed that the gene transfer produced rice with smaller root systems and starched grain. Levels of methane emitted by this genetically modified food are 90% lower compared to methane produced in the growing of usual types of rice which can be found nowadays.
GMO rice could be cooked by percolating rice grains in a coffee maker. Other cooking alternatives have not yet been revealed but if the plant will enter the markets in a few years we will surely see new recipes and dishes appearing on cooking books and menus.
Rice paddies are one of the greatest sources of atmospheric methane which is the second most harmful greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide. Methane is believed to be the substance responsible for one fifth of the global warming effect.
The new cereal emits only 1% of the methane, according to a recent report coming from Science Magazine. Furthermore, the new type of cereal could also leverage food security as it produces significantly higher yield per plant.
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