It’s not the first time there has been controversy over the use of
genetic engineering to solve vitamin A deficiency. Since 1982,
researchers have been trying to genetically engineer carotenes into
rice. In 2000, the cover of Time declared that “golden rice,” as it was
named, could “save a million kids a year.” But that was premature: The
successful development of golden rice has been thwarted by both
technical challenges and protesters.
This is a lot bigger than a squabble between student protesters and
scientists. More than 100,000 children around the world still die every
year from a lack of vitamin A. The pro-GMO and anti-GMO contingents have
accused each other of taking advantage of these vulnerable people to
advance their own causes. There’s no doubt that biotechnology boosters
have used Golden Rice as a public relations tool, and there’s also no
doubt that it could be a legitimate solution that has been delayed by
Now we’re seeing the beginnings of the same debate as researchers
from Iowa State, Uganda, and Australia team up to reengineer the staple
food of Uganda, the cooking banana. Clearly, this strategy can be both
difficult and controversial, so why do people keep trying to genetically
engineer their way out of malnutrition?
Vitamin series! I will be working my way from vitamins A-Z :)
Vitamin A: there are two main components of vitamin A
carotenoid including beta & alpha carotene
Carotenoid: You may have heard of this term before- especially that if you have too much you will turn orange! But don’t worry that is extremely rare & carotenoids have so many health benefits that will make you forget about that!
Health benefits of carotenoids:
Enhances immune system
Promotes cell to cell communication (which may prevent cancer)
Helps the female reproductive system
Retinoid: This is another popular term now a day especially because of the use of retinoids in skincare! However apart from preventing wrinkles and treating acne retinoids play a very important role in our health!