Global scientific community condemns the recent destruction of field trials of Golden Rice
On 8 August 2013, vandals destroyed a Philippine #GoldenRice field trial. The global scientific community has condemned the wanton destruction of these field trials, gathering thousands of supporting signatures in a matter of days. If ever there was a clear-cut cause for outrage, it is the concerted campaign by #Greenpeace and other nongovernmental organizations, as well as by individuals, against Golden Rice. Golden Rice is a strain that is genetically modified by molecular techniques (and therefore labeled a genetically modified organism or GMO) to produce β-carotene, a precursor of #vitaminA . Vitamin A is an essential component of the light-absorbing molecule rhodopsin in the eye. Severe vitamin A deficiency results in blindness, and half of the roughly half-million children who are blinded by it die within a year. Vitamin A deficiency also compromises immune system function, exacerbating many kinds of illnesses. It is a disease of poverty and poor diet, responsible for 1.9 to 2.8 million preventable deaths annually, mostly of children under 5 years old and women.

(In case it's not clear, the image is meant to be ironic.)

More on this news:
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6152/1320.full

International Rice Research Institute video:
Golden Rice research continues

On Vitamin A deficiency:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_A_deficiency

On Goldern Rice:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_rice

Petition:
http://www.change.org/petitions/global-scientific-community-condemns-the-recent-destruction-of-field-trials-of-golden-rice-in-the-philippines

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/communityeyehealth/5492473278/
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