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Excellent article dismantles Biotech’s blame game for the dismal failure of its flawed much-heralded ‘humanitarian’ GMO Golden Rice.
GMO Golden Rice has been the beneficiary of staggering funding – and accompanying BOGUS self-serving self-congratulatory propaganda – going back TWENTY YEARS.
The article reveals the fact that opponents are NOT to blame for the collapse of GMO Golden Rice. Instead, the reason for failure – plus the rope in the form of phenomenal over-hype and over-promising – lies squarely at the feet of Biotech. Jim

“No functioning vitamin A rice has been produced in over 20 years of research. This is despite full support at every level: financial, institutional, political, and corporate. By ‘functioning’, we mean farmer’s rice varieties that reliably and stably express sufficient amounts of beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A, the precursor of Vitamin A) over many generations of seed saving. These seeds must continuously express beta-carotene at a level that has been documented to be efficiently convertible to Vitamin A in mammals and, most importantly, can (statistically) significantly relieve the symptoms of Vitamin A deficiency in hungry people. None of this is scientifically trivial but that’s what has been promised.

“The first golden rice, GR1, was unsuccessful and is long gone. Golden rice 2 (GR2) is a patented pro-vitamin A GM rice developed from scratch by the multinational biotech firm Syngenta and still in the field trial stage at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at least one decade after it’s creation…

“A quick evidence check is sufficient to reveal the simple reason why golden rice is not in farmer’s fields: it is still not ready because it is not performing agronomically. Furthermore, it is far from being medically documented to relieve symptoms of Vitamin A deficiency. Neither Greenpeace nor the destruction of a test plot in the Philippines by local activists can be held responsible for this lack of scientific achievement.”

Millions Spent, No One Served: Who Is to Blame for the Failure of GMO Golden Rice?