Thursday, August 24, 2006

Berry Calls for Investigation Into Ban on U.S. Long Grain Rice

I sent a letter to the United States Trade Representative and the President today requesting an immediate investigation into trade barriers imposed on U.S. long grain rice by Japan, South Korea, and potentially the European Commission. These barriers are an overreaction to several traces of genetically engineered rice that will cost Arkansas rice producers billions of dollars in foregone exports.

We must demand immediate sanctions if these countries do not lift their phony barriers on U.S. long grain rice. Arkansas is the largest producer of rice in the country, accounting for more than 45% of all domestic production. We simply cannot afford to sit quiet while the international community threatens the economic security of our rice producers.

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