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Backstory: Developed in 1999 after years of research stemming from a 1982 Rockefeller Foundation initiative, Golden Rice was genetically modified to contain higher levels of beta carotene, which our bodies use to make vitamin A. According to the World Health Organization, 250,000 to 500,000 children go blind each year because of vitamin A deficiencies. That added beta carotene gives the rice a yellow-orange color, and its name: Golden Rice. Farmers will be given free seeds, and will be allowed to save seeds for future planting.
The Latest News: A country-by-country approval process could mean slow going for adoption of Golden Rice. But Golden Rice has already been cross-bred into local rice varieties in India and the Philippines in limited quantities. There are no plans to grow or distribute it in the U.S.