Crop Biotech Update

VIB Fact Series: Golden Rice

January 25, 2017

VIB released a document that discusses Golden Rice as a potential component of the broad strategy against vitamin A deficiency in developing countries. 

Rice is the staple food of more than half of the world's population. Rice grains are rich in carbohydrates and comprise a good source of energy but lack many essential nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. For people who barely eat more than a portion of rice a day, those deficiencies can result in serious health problems.Tackling poverty, the lack of infrastructure and inadequate education are the greatest challenges. In attaining these goals the fortification of staple food crops in developing countries can comprise a sustainable way of adding additional nutrients to people's diets. The development of Golden Rice is an example of this. This rice contains provitamin A, a substance that the body converts into vitamin A. Efforts must continue to be made in combating global poverty and promoting a varied diet. But, for as long as vitamin A deficiency remains a public health problem in several countries, Golden Rice can be of added value.

Get a copy of the document from VIB.