The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has confirmed to Greenpeace that it does not intend to release genetically engineered (GE), so-called 'Golden Rice' into the environment in the near future and that it is likely to take five years even before field trials could be conducted. During a visit to the Philippines based institute this week, the IRRI scientists told Greenpeace that various genetic elements in the 'Golden Rice' need to be changed or removed, in particular its gene construct and an antibiotic resistance gene (1-2). The institute had received the first grains of this GE rice variety for breeding purposes earlier this year.