• GM Golden Rice – A Healthier Rice?

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    Is there a need to change nature for the sake of wild venture? Men are ambitious indeed, we create things to help out and create a better world through inventions –I’m not talking about machine engineering, nowadays it’s not only our car, appliances and gadgets are being engineered; the food that we eat is now on the list of things that can be modified. Regardless of how cool it may sound like, it will always go back to answering questions like; is it safe? Is it practical? Or we’ll it help us live a healthier diet compare to our existing natural products?

    Genetically modified (GM) foods made quite a stir around the world. These goods or products are synthesize in a laboratory and are genetically modified organisms so to speak. Being “genetically modified” could only mean that the genetic materials of the original organisms have been altered through a genetic engineering process or techniques. Such experiment is widely condemned because it doesn’t guarantee safety for human consumption. Thou there are cons, pros are not too far behind. People behind this venture explained How golden rice being produced?

    The main goal of Golden rice designed is to incorporate beta-carotene which would complement Vitamin A in the endosperm which is the part of human diet. Although the rice plant can naturally produce beta-carotene -a carotenoid pigment that involved in photosynthesis in leaves, however, the plant does not normally produce the pigment needed in the endosperm due to lack of photosynthetic activity that occurs in the endosperm.

    Despite their goal to produce an engineered crop, people behind this project should consider absolute security (safe for human consumption) before they can force their way to any country they want to plant their crops on.

    Meanwhile in the Philippines

    Dr. Chito Medina, in Quezon City, talked about health risks, environmental damage from GM Golden rice and alternatives at a news conference earlier this week:

    There are no enough studies to ensure the safety of golden rice to human.

    Golden rice could not solve the problem of vitamin A deficiency, he said, adding “the truth is there are a lot of existing solutions to fight such deficiency.

    There are food sources that are rich vitamin A and are readily available.

    Another member echoed those sentiments in another report, saying, “There are several sources of Vitamin A readily available in backyards.”

    More from Dr. Medina:

    The Department of Health must also act to conduct a study on the health impact of golden rice consumption.

    At present, multi-location field trials in the country are almost completed, and feed testing on the people would commence after the approval of DA’s Bureau of Plant Industry.

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