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Michael Shumlich
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Why did you develop Golden Rice?
I got involved because I'm concerned about food security. I realised it's not just about calories, but also about the quality of food. I started working on it in the early 1990s with Peter Beyer. We started on the problem of iron deficiency, but that work didn't pan out, so we switched to tackling vitamin A deficiency.

By 1999 we had solved the problem. It was a surprise it worked because from the outset it looked totally crazy.

But environmental groups, including Greenpeace, opposed it?
They were against it from the beginning. They said it was fool's gold because children would need to eat several kilograms of it to get their daily requirement. Children only eat around 300 to 400 grams a day. We worked out that Greenpeace weren't right, and that the rice contained enough to meet children's needs, but we couldn't prove that because we didn't then have data from an actual trial.

Lieutenant Commander Data (my laptop) is back—and with free RAM and OS updates!

Just finished scarfing down some fairly delicious jalapeno hummus. Thanks, +Paul Nienaber !

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