Innogen · ‘Innogen Insider’ blog · October 31, 2013

'Golden rice', 'wicked' NGOs and the need for rational dialogue

'Golden rice', 'wicked' NGOs and the need for rational dialogue

by Joyce Tait

Those opposed to GM crops in developing countries are “wicked”, according to the Environment Secretary,
Owen Paterson.

In a recent interview with The Independent, Mr Paterson backed an open-letter by international scientists calling for the rapid development of “golden rice” – a vitamin A-enhanced rice strain, which scientists believe capable of helping save the lives of around 670,000 children in third world countries who die each year from the deficiency and another 350,000 who go blind.

Mr Paterson attacked NGOs such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth for their opposition to GM technology.

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