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After 20 years, Golden Rice nears approval

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Science  22 Nov 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6468, pp. 934
DOI: 10.1126/science.366.6468.934

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Golden Rice is a genetically modified (GM) crop that could help prevent childhood blindness and deaths in the developing world. Ever since Golden Rice first made headlines nearly 20 years ago, it has been a flashpoint in debates over GM crops. Advocates touted it as an example of their potential benefit to humanity, while opponents of GM organisms criticized it as a risky and unnecessary approach to improve health in the developing world. Now, Bangladesh appears about to become the first country to approve Golden Rice for planting. After the Bangladeshi Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change finishes its review, Golden Rice must be registered by a seed certification agency within the Ministry of Agriculture, which requires field trials in multiple places to test for seed quality. If all goes smoothly, farmers might have Golden Rice seed to plant by 2021.

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