Your Questions About Disadvantages Of Golden Rice

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Joseph asks…

Is golden rice currently being produced and used, or not?

Justin answers:

Golden Rice will only be made available to farmers and consumers after it has been approved by national regulatory bodies.

Leading nutrition and agricultural research organizations are working together to evaluate Golden Rice as a potential tool to reduce vitamin A deficiency in the Philippine and Bangladesh. The International Rice Research Institute is leading a project that will help establish the safety of Golden Rice; evaluate whether consumption of Golden Rice improves vitamin A status; and ensure that, if Golden Rice is deployed, it will reach the poor and those most in need.

To help establish the safety of Golden Rice in the environment, field trials and other evaluations will be conducted in both the Philippines and Bangladesh. Golden Rice will be analyzed according to internationally accepted guidelines for food safety. Safety research will be done by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (Philrice) and Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) who will submit all safety information to their respective national government regulators, which may be as early as 2013 (Philippines) and 2015 (Bangladesh). Regulators will review these data as part of the approval process for Golden Rice before it can be released to farmers and consumers.

Once the safety of Golden Rice is confirmed, Helen Keller International (HKI), an international nongovernmental organization that prevents blindness and reduces malnutrition for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in the world, will lead a number of studies in order to evaluate the nutritional benefit and efficacy of Golden Rice in improving vitamin A status. This includes both clinical and community research to show how a daily meal of Golden Rice could improve vitamin A status and how Golden Rice reduces vitamin A deficiency under controlled community conditions. Under the leadership of HKI, the partners will also design and test a delivery program to ensure that Golden Rice can reach farmers and consumers, especially those who need it most, in a sustainable manner in the Philippines and Bangladesh.

Golden Rice will be introduced by PhilRice and BRRI in rice varieties that are already popular with local farmers. Early on in our work, cooking and taste tests will be done to help make sure these qualities of Golden Rice meet consumers’ needs. Golden Rice seeds are expected to cost farmers and consumers the same as other varieties.

If, at the end of this project, Golden Rice is proven to be safe, improve vitamin A status, and reach the poor and those most in need, the partners will continue to work to introduce it in the Philippines and Bangladesh as another approach in fighting vitamin A deficiency.

To know more about Golden Rice, please visit www.irri.org/goldenrice

John asks…

What is a GM Crop and what are the advantages/disadvantages? Why would the government ban them??

Justin answers:

GM) foods are foods produced from genetically modified organisms (GMO) that have had their DNA altered through genetic engineering. GM foods were first put on the market in the early 1990s. The most common modified foods are derived from plants: soybean, corn, canola, and cotton seed oil.

Organic Consumers Association, and Greenpeace respond by claiming the long term health risks which GM could pose, or that the risks of GM have not yet been adequately investigated.

Some scientists and economists express concern about the alleged harm delaying welfare and environmental improvements, for instance by provitamin A enriched Golden rice which is said to have the potential to prevent children from Vitamin A deficiency, and insect protected Bt rice which can potentially reduce exposure of farmers to synthetic insecticides.

Other scientists and studies, however, dispute such findings and argue that GM foods aren’t tested to scientific standards before being released to the public. The only way to discern whether a product is organic are through a numerical bar code label on the product.

Mark asks…

Who saw channel 4’s “Animal Farm” a documentary about genetic engineering on moday? (the final program is 2/4)

What do you think about Genetic engineering? There is no doubt that there are benefits of genetic engineering, but on the other hand there is no doubt that there are disadvantages as well! What do you think?

Personally, some genetic engineering is good e.g. “Golden Rice” while others are not so good e.g. stem cell research using an embryo.

Justin answers:

Think it clashed with strictly come ice dancing with the x factor in the fame acadamy USA who had been castaway…

Robert asks…

what is the disadvantages of golden rice?

Justin answers:

No disadvantages at all, no racism please

Ken asks…

Advantages and disadvantages of golden rice, please?

Justin answers:

It’s a genetically modified product, and feelings often run high over that issue.

It was developed as a fortified product (extra Vitamin A) for areas where getting close to a million children a year die from a deficiency. The link below says the latest type contains up to 23x more ß-carotene than the original version.

It’s hard to say what you’d class as disadvantages, because I don’t have any issue with GM food and so cannot see opposition from activists as proof of a meaningful disadvantage.

It’s probably best to read the link (and search out more) and put your own together based on your own views.

William asks…

Advantages and disadvantages of GM golden rice?

Justin answers:

Have a look here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_rice

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