Dear Friends and Colleagues
Published today (Mon 4th June 2018) by Independent Science News
GMO Golden Rice Offers No Nutritional Benefits Says FDA
by Allison Wilson, PhD and Jonathan Latham, PhD
Synopsis: We have previously reported on the difficulties experienced by the Gates-funded Golden Rice project in producing a GMO Golden Rice
with adequate yield and agronomic properties. Nevertheless, as widely reported, a version of Golden Rice has recently been permitted for importation
by Canada, Australia/New Zealand and now the US. Altogether unnoticed, however, is that the version of Golden Rice approved, called GR2E, contains
very little of the key ingredient, beta-carotene. Worse, even the little that it does contain rapidly degrades during storage. For these reasons,
FDA has told its developer (the International Rice Research Institute) that no health claims may be based on it. All-told, it seems that the trade-off
experienced by the Golden Rice project between beta-carotene production and yield in its various GMO rices has not been resolved.
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Jonathan Latham, PhD
The Bioscience Resource Project,
Ithaca, NY 14850 USA
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