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GMO Rice Approved

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  • Genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), making the U.S. the fourth country to give the GE food the green light, after Canada, Australia and New Zealand
  • The FDA based their decision to approve Golden Rice on data supplied by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the current makers of Golden Rice
  • While IRRI does not intend to grow or market Golden Rice in the U.S. at this time, it sought approval because it’s expected that the product may be imported into the U.S.
  • While accepting IRRI’s conclusion that Golden Rice is safe, the FDA noted that its beta-carotene content is “too low to warrant a nutrient content claim”
  • Golden Rice is genetically engineered to contain extra genes that produce a precursor to vitamin A, beta-carotene, and is touted as a potential solution to global vitamin A deficiency, but serious questions remain regarding its safety and effectiveness

By Dr. Mercola

Genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), making the U.S. the fourth country to give the GE food the green light, after Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Golden Rice is genetically engineered to contain extra genes that produce a precursor to vitamin A, beta-carotene.


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