GM golden rice opponents branded ‘wicked’ by UK environment secretary

Owen Paterson accused of swallowing industry hype on GM crops over claim that vitamin-enriched rice could prevent blindness and death among children in poor countriesPeople who oppose golden rice, a new variety of GM crop, are “wicked” and could be condemning children in developing countries to blindness and death, according to the British environment secretary.In an emotive intervention into the polarised debate about genetically modified crops in poor countries, Owen Paterson, a known advocate of GM foods, came out strongly in favour of golden rice, which has been developed to contain beta carotene, a source of vitamin A.Supporters of the rice, including GM company Syngenta, claim a single plateful can provide 60% of a child’s daily vitamin A requirement, potentially reducing blindness a…

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