Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Golden Lies: The Seed Industry’s Questionable Golden Rice Project
January 18, 2012
Munich/Berlin - Golden Rice, a prestigious agrobiotech industry project, may soon be placed on the markets after more than ten years of development. But it is still highly questionable if this rice really can help defeat vitamin A deficiency. This has been shown by a new Testbiotech report prepared for the consumer organisation foodwatch.
The rice is called ‘Golden’ because of the yellow colour of its kernels. It is supposed to demonstrate that genetically engineered plants can substantially help fight hunger and malnutrition – so far without success. According to announcements, the rice will be cultivated commercially in the Philippines in 2013. But the Testbiotech report shows that many crucial questions still need to be answered: