Golden Rice, a genetically engineered (GE) rice, is being promoted by agri-corporations and the International Rice Research Institute as a cure for Vitamin A deficiency (VAD)?essential for good vision, eye health and growth?regardless of the serious risks this GE rice poses to human and environmental well-being.
Golden Rice not proven safe to eat
GMOs have not been proven safe for human consumption. Golden Rice has never been subjected to feeding trials on animals and should therefore not be tested on humans.
Golden Rice not proven safe for the environment
International regulations such as the Codex alimentarius and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety do not require long-term experiments that consider the long-term and latent effects of GM foods to the environment. In addition, no data have been published on the environmental risks of Golden Rice such as possible cross-pollination of GE rice with other cultivated rice and wild rice.
Better alternatives to combat VAD
A combination of food fortification and supplementation is still the most practical and economical approach. Dietary diversification coupled with education is the best long-term solution to combat VAD.