Anheuser-Busch is threatening not to use any rice from my home state of Missouri in their beer if Missouri allows genetically-modified medicinal crops to be grown in the state. My initial thought about this threat is that it’s probably misplaced. I don’t have a fear of “Frankenfood” like many (particularly in Europe) have. I could be wrong, but the whole thing seems overblown.
However, I have a bigger problem with AB’s threat; the insistence on using rice in beer. Rice has no place in beer! Germans have made some of the best beers in the world for centuries without rice, and the law enforces this. If AB actually cared about quality beer (or Frankenfoods), they would simply drop the rice from their formula and make a better beer.
I don’t expect that to happen.