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Ammann: Golden Rice update
Posted by: DR. RAUPP ; madora (IP Logged)
Date: March 29, 2005 07:40AM ; ;

The Golden Rice in its new breed carries enough pro-vitamin A, about 20
times more than previous experimental plants. In the past debates about the
content developers always claimed that - if there would be a problem, this
can be solved by modern breeding technology, March 2005 by Klaus Ammann.

This is a Golden Rice update, since an important new publication about the
progress of the Golden Rice development has just been published in Nature

See the full declaration of the Golden Rice Humanitarian Board

more selected background links to the Golden Rice story:

And a bibliography on the scientific literature around the Golden Rice:

Greenpeace seems to develop an allergy against success stories of GM crops
Its hardly necessary to mention, but see the latest Greenpeace hoax on the
Golden Rice, full of misinformation, and still sticking to the old and
producing some new falsified myths. Greenpeace seems to have a real problem
with success stories of genetically engineered crops: Its a classic piece of
pseudosciene - .the Greenpeace spin doctors get nervous..

My pictorial comment: see:
I would recommend the Greenpeace (spider)webmasters to post some appropriate
graphs and apply them to most of the GMO argument websites of theirs.

Another target of Greenpeace has been the success story of the Bt cotton in
China, where again they do not shy away from presenting pseudoscience,see
their original report:
And then compare the response of the Chinese author of the original
scientific study which Greenpeace grossly distorted:

Finally an account of some more cheap Greenpeace GMO campaigns from July
2004 from Thomas Deichmann and Peter Langelüdekke:

I cannot understand why an organization like Greenpeace still can maintain
the charity status. I cannot see any charity and mercy at all there in their
stance against GM crops. In the face of 250'000 to 500'000 children going
blind every year I have absolutely no understanding for such a purist point
of view, shutting out a promising solution for the dramatic nutritional
problems. I think we simply cannot afford in the face of a humanitarian
catastrophe of major proportions such a painstaking methodological debate
with half truths and blunt lies shuting out one particular solution even
before it can become reality.
In the fight for poverty alleviation we must refrain from narrowminded
methodological restrictions. Have a look at a broad minded strategy
developed over many years by Swaminathan:

In the meanwhile, the two main food distributors Migros and Coop in
Switzerland are competing for lower rice prices, on the cost of rice farmers
in Thailand....


How to find the Botanic Garden:

please have a look at the latest new website and activities:

previous Berne Debates:

visit the new website of the Bern Botanic Garden

Curriculum, recent publications

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