I should say up front that Monsanto is not engaged in research involving golden rice, which is genetically modified to provide vitamin A for children in countries with vitamin A-deficient diets. But encouraging news is encouraging news, no matter who’s doing the research. And a recent study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that golden rice was as effective as spinach and supplements in providing vitamin A to children.
The abstract of the article and a link to the full study can be found here.
Reuter’s published a report on the study. “Genetically modified rice could be a good source of vitamin A for children in countries where deficiency in the vitamin is common, a new study suggests,” according to the Reuter’s story. “The study tested so-called Golden Rice against both spinach and supplements in providing vitamin A to 68 six- to eight-year-olds in China.
Researchers found that the rice was as effective as the capsules in giving kids a boost of vitamin A, based on blood tests taken over three weeks.” The story as published by the Chicago Tribune is here: Genetically modified rice a good vitamin A source.
National Public Radio included a brief reference golden rice in an overall report on the sweet potato in Africa: Saving Lives in Africa with the Humble Sweet Potato.
More information on golden rice can be found at the Golden Rice Project.