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Is Golden Rice dangerous ?

Postby TuyetGiang » Thu Jun 30, 2005 9:11 am

Does anyone know which country permits to grow Golden Rice ?
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Postby chemistry_freako » Thu Jun 30, 2005 2:04 pm

Golden rice? =\
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Postby Jelanen » Thu Jun 30, 2005 2:49 pm

I don't know what countries grow Golden Rice. I don't know if its dangerous or not, but I think the issue has become more of an anti-biotech issue for the eco-activists than anything else.
For those who don't know, Golden Rice is rice that has been genetically modified to produce prodigous amounts of Beta-Carotene, a precusor to Vitamin A, to help alleviate the serious Vit. A deficiency in Africa and the rest of the developing world. Its currently held up in all sorts of lawsuits and committees by eco-activists.

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Postby mith » Thu Jun 30, 2005 4:02 pm

Probably india.
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Postby LrdGeno » Thu Jun 30, 2005 4:45 pm

What is the eco-activists problem with the rice?
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Postby TuyetGiang » Fri Jul 01, 2005 2:45 am

mithrilhack wrote:Probably india.

Really ? My country, Vietnam, not permit to grow Golden Rice. I think it's dangerous because we can't control its effect.
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Postby Betsy » Sun Jul 03, 2005 3:15 am

From what I understand of the arguements against, there maybe a risk of decrease in biodeversity due to Genetically Modified Organisms(GMOs) getting "loose" and out competing other organisms analogous to invasive species. Also there is concerns about possable health risks to eating GMOs. I'd probably eat some becease I'm weird like that.

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Postby mothorc » Tue Jul 05, 2005 12:06 pm

India and Thailand accepted for GoldenRice
But it 's not important because they don't use.
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Postby eluned » Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:19 pm

The benefits of Golden Rice are pure marketing hype, since the increased levels of Vitamin A are not enough to meet the daily requirements unless more than 5 pounds is consumed EVERY DAY. There is also no evidence that the provitamin in the rice can be absorbed and used in the body. There are other crops (dark green leafy veggies) that can be used to meet the dietary needs.

So given that the benefits are questionable, and the risks unknown - why bother?
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Postby b_d_41501 » Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:41 pm

Never heard of Golden Rice before.
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Postby mith » Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:03 am

Well of course rice shouldnt fulfill the daily requirements exclusively. I'm guessing it's more of a supplement. Plus wouldn't it be possible to increase the concentrations?
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Postby Waters2 » Fri Jul 15, 2005 10:20 am

Golden Rice ?? Genetically Modified Organisms(GMOs) for rice??So u all confirm they used in Thailand or India...Then this Golden Rice has been tested or not? and i also want to know that will increase the concentrations like mithrilhack said.
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