Genetically improved “Golden Rice,” which adds the nutritional benefit of beta carotene (the body turns this into vitamin A), is a perfect example of a biotech product that could show tangible, unimpeachable, life-saving results. It should come as little surprise, then, that some activists are now trying to cast doubts on the product’s viability. Witness recent pieces in the New York Times Magazine and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Sadly, we can expect to see more of this sort of thing as Golden Rice gets closer to market.
Golden rice under attack