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Global Scientific Community Stands Up for Golden Rice

September 25, 2013

Eleven eminent scientists around the world have co-authored an editorial focusing on Golden Rice. The article, titled Standing Up for GMOs, was published in September 20 edition of Science magazine. The editorial expresses outrage at the recent destruction of Golden Rice field trial in the Philippines by vandals. It also summarizes the extensive health consequences of vitamin A deficiency and the contribution that Golden Rice could make to addressing this problem the moment the biotech crop becomes available.

Scientists who wrote the article include Bruce Alberts, President Emeritus of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences; Roger Beachy, Wolf Prize laureate and President Emeritus of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Montana, USA; Swapan Datta, Deputy Director General for Crop Science of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in New Delhi, India; and Gurdev S. Khush, World Food Prize laureate, Japan Prize laureate, and former scientist at the International Rice Research Institute in Los BaƱos, Philippines.

Access the editorial at http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6152/1320.full.