Are Greenpeace, anti-GMO activists to blame for golden rice’s delay?

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What is missing in the [the recent Nobel laureates’ letter accusing Greenpeace of a “crime against humanity” for opposing genetically modified (GMO) golden rice] and among the supporters and developers of GMOs is the recognition and scientific analysis of some tough facts.

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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. . . .

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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. . . .

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.

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Leaving aside its scientific aspects, the very concept of golden rice. . . remain doomed from the start . . .

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. . . .Combating hunger and malnutrition one vitamin and mineral at a time is a failed ideology, no matter . . . . which kind of delivery system one chooses.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Millions spent, no one served: who is to blame for the failure of GMO Golden Rice?

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