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Anheuser-Busch has withdrawn its threat to boycott rice from Missouri. Last week, the brewer had warned it would stop buying rice from the state if it allowed genetically-modified crops to grow within its borders.

An agreement reached on Friday (15 April) ends a dispute between A-B, the state and Ventria Biosciences, which wants to grow around 200 acres of rice engineered to produce human proteins that can be used in drugs. Ventria has now agreed to grow its engineered rice at least 120 miles away from commercial rice farms.

In a statement, Missouri's Governor, Matt Blunt, said: "I am pleased that Anheuser-Busch and Ventria have reached a fair compromise that furthers cutting-edge life sciences technology while protecting current markets for Missouri rice farmers."


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