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Genetically Engineered Golden Rice Falls Short on Lifesaving Promise

GE Golden Rice

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  • Golden Rice, genetically engineered to produce beta-carotene, has been billed as a panacea for vitamin A deficiency in Third World countries
  • The GE rice has failed to perform well in field trials, with yields lacking compared to conventional rice varieties
  • Evidence has not shown that malnourished children will be able to convert beta-carotene, a fat-soluble nutrient, in Golden Rice into vitamin A, especially given their low-fat diets
  • Research is lacking to show whether the beta-carotene in Golden Rice will stand up to long storage periods and traditional rice cooking methods

By Dr. Mercola

Vitamin A deficiency is a major problem in developing countries, particularly in areas where diets are based primarily on rice. Without adequate dietary beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A, people are at increased risk of infection, blindness and other health problems.

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