Unlike GM corn, Golden Rice
is meant for human consumption.
The Golden Rice
Project is hauntingly similar to Dengvaxia as the target sectors are our children.
, for example, has been touted as a promising way to nourish populations in low-income nations--particularly in Africa and Asia--where families are not getting enough iron, zinc, vitamin A and other much-needed nutrients on a daily basis to stay healthy.
Furthermore, I do care about my health and the health of others which is why I work for and BELIEVE in a company that helps develop such things as Golden Rice
that help prevent childhood blindness in third world countries, which is estimated to kill 670,000 children under the age of 5 each year.
Researchers from North America, Asia, the Philippines, Australia, and Switzerland discuss genetic diversity in rice, advances in molecular breeding techniques, breeding strategies to improve yields, improving photosynthesis, breeding green super rice varieties for sustainable cultivation, mechanisms of drought tolerance in rice, advances in understanding the role of rice in nutrition, its nutraceutical properties, biofortified Golden Rice
, the development of rice varieties with improved iron content in grain, quality parameters and testing methods, and agronomic and environmental factors affecting quality.
Developed by the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), the grains of Golden Rice
accumulate beta carotene, a substance that is the main source of vitamin A, which is essential for vision, immune system function and for the overall growth and development of the human body.
Recently, more than 110 Nobel Laureates published an open letter to Greenpeace asking them to stop their campaign against Golden Rice
They have posted a letter online saying: "Greenpeace has spearheaded opposition to Golden Rice
, which has the potential to reduce or eliminate much of the death and disease caused by a vitamin A deficiency, which has the greatest impact on the poorest people in Africa and southeast Asia.
The Register-Guard chose to ignore the news conference June 30 in which these scientists called on Greenpeace to stop blocking distribution of Golden Rice
was engineered to accomplish this deficiency, created by rice transforming with two beta-carotene biosynthesis genes: phytoene synthase and crtl from the soil bacterium Erwinia uredovora.
We urge Greenpeace and its supporters to re-examine the experience of farmers and consumers worldwide with crops and foods improved through biotechnology, recognize the findings of authoritative scientific bodies and regulatory agencies, and abandon their campaign against 'GMOs' in general and Golden Rice
in particular," the scientists said.
In contrast, golden rice
was developed as a genetically modified crop for its health benefits in the 1990s as an alternative to biofortification in regions with vitamin A deficiency.