Things are heating up in the squabble between the Louisiana State University Agricultural Department and the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry here in Thailand.
Jazzmen Rice - which I briefly blogged about here - is a new strain that has the Thai authorities worried about their world domination in the market for long, fragrant grains.
But there's nothing to worry about, apparently, because this bastardized rice is actually... Chinese: "A DNA test of the new US fragrant rice strain known as Jazzmen shows it is developed from a Chinese strain and is inferior to Thai Hom Mali fragrant rice when cooked, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Theera Wongsamut says."
See the rest of the Bangkok Post article here.
The larger oddity: what's up with black men repping white rice in America? If I were in the marketing department, I'd be pretty hesitant to roll on that logo... apparently Louisiana is not living in a post-Uncle Ben's age.