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PHILIPPINES: ROW OVER CAMPAIGN TO LAUNCH GOLDEN RICE

Golden Rice

SUMMARY: "A campaign is set to be launched on March 16 in the country to allow golden rice for tackling Vitamin A deficiency in children."

A campaign is set to be launched on March 16 in the country to allow golden rice for tackling Vitamin A deficiency in children.

This is part of the Allow Golden Rice Campaign Now, headed by co-founder of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore. The campaign for the golden rice was launched in the Philippines on March 6 and in Bangladesh on Wednesday. In India, it will begin in New Delhi and then extend to Mumbai on March 19.

Oppositions ahead

FILIPINO FARMERS PROTEST GOVERNMENT RESEARCH ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED RICE

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SUMMARY: "Jon Sarmiento, a farmer in the Cavite province in southern Manila, plants a variety of fruits and vegetables, but his main crop, rice, is under threat. He claims that approval by the Philippine government of the genetically modified ‘golden rice’ that is fortified with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, could ruin his livelihood."

GM RICE DOESN’T ADDRESS POVERTY, LACK OF BIODIVERSITY

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Golden rice is a product of genetically modified technology that is offered as a solution to vitamin A deficiency for poor people in Africa and South Asia.

On first glance it is a public relations dream for the GMO community, but I think there are far more benefits in an organic, ecosystem approach.

Before golden rice, the benefits of GM crops were targeted toward farmers: herbicide resistance or inclusion of systemic pesticides. However, golden rice is targeted at the public and food aid community.

GOLDEN RICE: A COMPLEX TANGLE OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

Golden Rice

SUMMARY: "Advocates of Golden Rice - a GMO rice that produces Vitamin A - present the debate over its use a clear moral choice with only one possible conclusion. But as Clare Westwood writes, the reality is very different"

'Golden Rice' (GR) is rice genetically modified (GM) to produce beta carotene, the precursor of Vitamin A.

Its advocates claim that it provides the solution to Vitamin A deficiency, which affects some 190 million people worldwide with effects that can include blindness.

Golden Rice ignores the risks, the people and the real solutions

Golden Rice

'Golden Rice' is being promoted by GM advocates as a solution to malnutrition. But Daniel Ocampo says it is for the 'target populations' in the Philippines and elsewhere to decide whether to accept the technology - and they don't want it!

It is Filipino farmers and consumers who will be the ones to deal with the risks, and so their wishes must be respected.

Recent articles and statements from the UK Environment Minister and others raise some interesting issues with respect to genetically modified (GM) 'Golden Rice'.

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