Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Embrace of 'Golden Rice' Globally Remains Frustratingly Slow

By Erik Lief — May 18, 2017

Vitamin-A deficiency around the world leads to between 250,000 and 500,000 children going blind – every single year. Half of them die within a year of losing their sight. And several other health problems stem from this urgent issue.

Yet, a solution to this global health threat is available today, and it could quickly help 250 million preschool children around the world who are vitamin-A deficient, as estimated by the World Health Organization.

That said, exactly how many countries today are growing "Golden Rice" – a genetically-modified seed with three genes that produce beta-carotene, a vitamin-A precursor – to assist their underfed and vulnerable populations?

Zero.

Yes, it's difficult to fathom, that an effective tool for improving health and battling starvation on a global scale – one that's been available since 1999 and backed by more than 100 of the world's most distinguished scientists – is still not being used........To Read More....

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