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  • jtrav21's picture
    Well put Rickinreallife!
    • Joseph Najjar's picture
      Joseph Najjar
      I second that! Glad to see the experts didnt have to even get involved in this one haha
  • Rickinreallife's picture
    Awakeaboutgmo said: "Are there any scientific studies completed that undoubtedly proves that "golden" rice cures blindness? Please show me a link or anything that proves so."

    First, I think your question has put words in people's mouths. No seed company has made the claim that eating golden rice "cures" blindness, and I am not aware anybody has made that claim. (You might try some homeopathic medicine website, Dr. Mercola perhaps, but I doubt even there you will find anyone willing to make such a bold statement).

    The only claim that Syngenta, the developer of golden rice, would make about golden rice is that the seeds harvested from golden rice contain amounts of beta carotene, a nutrient not naturally present in rice. Beta carotene is a type of cartenoid, a necessary item that the body metabolises into vitamin A. Research unrelated to biotech crop development that precedes golden rice and continues today suggests that variety of human health issues, including illnesses rampant in parts of the globe that can have tragic consequences including blindness, result from insufficient vitamin A in the diet. The golden rice project is an effort to add vitamin A through beta carotene enrichment of a staple crop like rice that makes up the majority of attainable diet of many of the worlds poor. There has been work, not in any way performed by or associated with biotech seed companies, that indicates beta carotene fortification is an effective strategy to prevent illnesses associated with low vitamin A. Studies have been done, again not by the seed companies themselves, but by private and public health authorities in those nations where golden rice is sought to be made available to farmers, to confirm that consumption of golden rice is a viable means of acquiring beta carotene and that the body can actually utilize the beta carotene delivered in golden rice to synthesize Vitamin A. Early on, there were some criticism that early varieties of Golden Rice does not have high enough levels of beta carotene to make any difference, i.e. that people would have to eat unrealistic amounts of golden rice the get any benefit, but more recent varieties have been found to deliver sufficient amounts with realistic, normal consumption.

    So, FDA does not crack down on seed companies for making fraudulent claims that golden rice cures blindness, because seed companies (nor anyone for that matter) have made no such claim. Nor would seed companies be in the business of selling consumer products in this country that make this claim that would come within the jurisidiction of the FDA. The general consensus arising from investigations by the health community is that increasing beta carotene in diets can prevent conditions that lead to blindness, and that fortification of foods is one mechanism for achieving sufficient intake of beta carotene where it would otherwise be lacking.

    But read for yourself. This is explained on the Golden Rice Humanitarian Board website under Q&A. [http://goldenrice.org/Content3-Why/why3_FAQ.php]. You can find references to and perhaps excact citations to work supporting the conclusion that fortification of rice will be an effective tool in avoiding health conditions that can lead to blindness.
  • jtrav21's picture
    Please read for yourself -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_a
  • jtrav21's picture
    Somehow there are some basic principles that are being missed here...Golden RIce was not created to "cure" blindness, rather it is intended to offer a source of Vitamin A (which is needed for our eyes to function, but is also essential for other physiological functions) to diets that otherwise do not have sufficient quantities. This is most relevant in Asia, where rice is a primary source of calories (but not a source Vitamin A). Populations relying on rice for nutrition often have high levels of health issues related to Vitamin A deficiency - where blindness is one potential outcome, and ultimately lack of this nutrient leads to death. Thus, the addition of vitamin A to a diet deficient in this essential nutrient is intended to PREVENT this form of blindness and other symptoms of deficiency.

    This has almost nothing to do with the FDA, as the American diet is not known to lack Vitamin A. We use fortified grains, specifically to prevent a range of illnesses caused by nutrient deficiencies.

    I doubt there are any clinical studies testing Vitamin A deficiency, if there are they are likely decades old. This is because this is a FUNDAMENTAL aspect of human nutrition - there are hundreds of years of evidence of what happens when Vitamin A is not in the diet, and you can go to Asia today and see first hand how it affects humans. Aid agencies see the impact of adding essential nutrients to nutrient poor diets every day...there is nothing to test here are there is nothing fraudulent, it's basic, basic science and nutrition.
  • Awakeaboutgmo's picture
    The FDA does not allow anyone to claim that food can heal disease they only allow claims that have been "tested". Are there any scientific studies completed that undoubtedly proves that "golden" rice cures blindness? Please show me a link or anything that proves so.
  • WillingToListen's picture
    The Golden Rice trials are not being run by 'gmo companies.' http://www.goldenrice.org/Content1-Who/who.php
  • jtrav21's picture
    Awakeaboutgmo - can you explain to us how the benefits of Golden Rice are fraudulent? It is quite clear that adding vitamin A to a deficient diet will prevent the horrible effects of vision loss and potential death.

    Additionally, what does this erroneous claim have to do with the US FDA?