What Happened to Golden Rice?

Here’s an article from Mother Jones on the food that was going to save millions of poor Asians from malnutrition and especially from blindness.


This was one of the first GM experiments and it has still failed to produce significant yields.

But here’s the crunch, which they should have known from the outset. Vitamin A is fat soluable, so needs to be combined with fat for its absorption. So eating rice full of it is not enough. In other words, the only people whose diet is helped by this food is the people who are already well fed, so don’t need it.

Clever stuff! Maybe we can get those same clever scientists to invent the wheel.

Or maybe, as I keep ranting, put a brake on the population so take the strain off food supplies. But there’s not much money in that, is there?

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