1. ‘Golden Rice’ can curb Vitamin A-linked diseases in India: Activist

‘Golden Rice’ can curb Vitamin A-linked diseases in India: Activist

Genetically-engineered 'Golden Rice' can successfully address the problem of Vitamin-A deficiency in India...

By: | Mumbai | Published: March 20, 2015 12:25 PM
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Genetically-engineered ‘Golden Rice’ can successfully address the problem of Vitamin-A deficiency in India and help save millions of lives, environmental activist and former Greenpeace member Patrick Moore.

Genetically-engineered ‘Golden Rice’ can successfully address the problem of Vitamin-A deficiency in India and help save millions of lives, environmental activist and former Greenpeace member Patrick Moore said today.

Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace International, later disassociated himself from the global NGO and is now the leader of ‘Allow Golden Rice Now’ campaign.

Greenpeace is a strong opponent of ‘Golden Rice’, a genetically-modified variant of the grain containing beta- carotene.

“Vitamin-A deficiency is a major cause of child mortality. Vitamin-A deficiency in India effects many more diseases and Golden Rice can be a cure for it but as it is created with genetic science, Greenpeace and anti-GMO movement fervently oppose it. No country has approved it for cultivation,” he said.

‘Allow Golden Rice Now’ campaign is on a world tour to create awareness about the benefits of ‘Golden Rice’.

Moore said had the genetically-modified variant of the grain been a cure for diseases like malaria, cancer or ebola, it would have been approved years ago.

According to data compiled by the campaign, Vitamin-A deficiency in India affects more than 35 million children.

Worldwide, about 2 million children die every year from diseases related to the deficiency, and between 250,000 and 500,000 go blind. Vitamin-A deficiency is the biggest killer of children in the world today, according to the data.

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    Ashish Gupta
    Mar 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm
    This is quite a funny proposition - and a hype at the best - consider this logic - to achieve the average daily intake of Vitamin A one would have to consume Kilograms of this rice daily. That will only lead to more of this rice to be grown - surely the human stomach eats more than just rice everyday. So to tout this as a be all end all solution for Vitamin A deficiency is a myth really. Most vitamin A deficiency occurs due to lack of diversity in food - in the rural villages there are many other cheaper sources of Vitamin A like millets. Unsure why this 'activist' is promoting such a solution which is neither cheap nor effective.
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