Golden Rice – blessing or threat?

IMG_4284Golden Rice is genetically engineered rice enriched with the provitamin beta-carotene. It was developed by Ingo Potrykus and Peter Beyer in the 1990’ with a humanitarian purpose to help prevent Vitamin A Deficiency and avoid its often severe and sometimes deadly consequences in rice-eating populations in developing countries. However, several organisations both in Europe and in countries where rice is grown have been campaigning against it. In their view, this GMO would open the door to more GMOs and also to the power of big corporations as well as potentially prevent the introduction of a more diversified diet in poor countries. Thus, the development, testing and distribution of Golden Rice have been hampered in the past 15 years, especially because large-scale testing was prevented by activists who destroyed crops. Continue reading