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GOLDEN RICE



  Jun 27, 2024

GOLDEN RICE



Q: What is Golden Rice, and why is it a focal point in agricultural biotechnology debates?

Golden Rice is a genetically modified (GM) variety of rice developed to address vitamin A deficiency, a major public health issue in many developing countries. It is engineered to produce beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, in the edible parts of the rice. The introduction of this rice aims to provide an affordable and accessible source of vitamin A, particularly for populations relying heavily on rice as a staple food.

The debate over Golden Rice has intensified globally, with experts calling for science-based discussions to guide its approval and adoption. Many people oppose genetically modified crops without scientific explanations, emphasizing the importance of basing decisions on scientific evidence. Experts argue that embracing modern technology and advancements in agriculture is crucial for future progress.

Extensive testing has confirmed that Golden Rice is safe for humans, animals, and the environment. Food safety regulators in various countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, have verified its safety, with no studies indicating risks from GM crops. Given that vitamin A deficiency affects many people worldwide, Golden Rice has the potential to significantly improve public health by fulfilling 30%-40% of daily vitamin A requirements.

Advocates for Golden Rice emphasize the need for informed discussions to overcome myths and misconceptions about GM crops. They argue that scientific clarity and public understanding are essential for integrating technological advancements like Golden Rice into agricultural practices, addressing nutritional deficiencies, and enhancing food security on a global scale.


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