Protests vs. Golden Rice continue
|Golden Rice vs. regular rice|
“There are food sources rich in Vitamin A and are readily available. Also why not focus on giving land to the landless farmers? A lot of farmers cannot participate in increasing food security of the country as most of them do not own the land they till. We do not need Golden Rice, it is but a distraction to attaining food security and agricultural development,” Autor added.
|Protesters uprooting Golden Rice in Pili, Camarines Sur|
Golden Rice is transgenic rice containing beta carotene, an alleged solution to Vitamin A deficiency (VAD), revived in the mid-2000s by a US$ 2 billion investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project has already completed field trials in the Philippines and is awaiting the collation of data for regulatory approval. After approval, feed testing on humans will commence.
Both the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) of the Department of Agriculture are proponents of the project that plans to commercialize Golden Rice by 2016. In addition to the Philippines, Golden Rice is being field tested in Indonesia and Bangladesh. (RIA Novosti) FPV/RSM
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