The Cornell Alliance for Science calls for supportive written comments and
testimony for the field trial of Golden Rice in the Philippines. The public
consultations are scheduled on July 18 and 19 in Nueva Ecija and Isabela
Golden Rice is a beta-carotene enriched
developed through genetic engineering to address vitamin A deficiency, a
serious health problem faced by millions of children and pregnant women all
over the world. This new type of rice is currently understudy by
International Rice Research Institute and Philippine Rice Research
Institute. The proposal for field trial requires public consultations. The
Alliance is seeking the support of those who understand the value of this
new product to speak up to ensure that the research about Golden Rice
continues to field trials.
Golden Rice has been proven to be safe by leading regulatory agencies,
namely the US Food and Drug Administration, Food Standards Australia New
Zealand, and Health Canada.
Comments are particularly welcomed from areas where the trials will be
held-Brgy. Maligaya and and Brgy. Malasin, as well as nearby localities.
Written comments and statements of support can be sent to Mr. George Y.
Culaste, OIC-Director, Bureau of Plant Industry, San Andres, Malate, Manila.
His telephone number is 02-404-0409 and his email address is