Michael Purugganan at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) explains why he believes in the genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered, GE) rice called Golden Rice. He says that Golden Rice is part of the ‘answers to global malnutrition’.
After dismissing ‘Myth 1: Golden Rice is “unnatural”’ and ‘Myth 2: GMOs are unsafe and risky’, Dr Purugganan tackles ‘Myth 3: Golden Rice is a big business’. I agree with him about the first two of those. But on what he calls ‘Myth 3’ he’s on shaky ground. He says, ‘IRRI is not selling Golden Rice, and no big biotech company will make money out of it.’ Here’s IRRI’s statement about private companies and Golden Rice.
Not everybody agrees on that point. In an article, ‘Golden Rice is no solution to malnutrition,’ the not-for-profit GRAIN says, ‘IRRI is hardly a public institution. Alongside from the funding it receives from governments…
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