Economist Alexander J. Stein on Forbes story dissing Golden Rice

| September 5, 2013
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In a response on his personal blog to Beth Hoffman’s pieces in Forbes, “Just Because Science Can Genetically Engineer Foods, Doesn’t Mean We Should,” and her follow-up, “Golden Rice and GMOs: The Best Solutions To World Hunger?” Alexander J Stein, Research Coordinator at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), writes:

Beth, having commented on your previous article on Golden Rice, I read your follow-up article, too, and I was a bit disappointed by the way you approached the topic. As I see it, your article seems to be aimed a polarising more than at cooperation, which makes a constructive engagement difficult, but I will try to explain why I got this impression:

What I take issue with is already the title: “Golden Rice and GMOs: The Best Solutions To World Hunger?” Asking whether Golden Rice is “the best” solution clearly puts up a straw-man that obviously can be torn down easily…

Summary, from original story: “Comment on: Golden Rice and GMOs: The Best Solutions To World Hunger? (But What Is “The Best”…?)” 

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