Expert reaction to Owen Paterson’s comments about Golden Rice in The Independent

14.10.2013

Science Media Centre

Published 14 October

The front page of The Independent newspaper lead with the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson’ comments about opponents of genetically engineered Golden Rice.

Prof Tom Sanders, Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics at King’s College London, said:

“Vitamin A deficiency remains a major problem in South Asia contributing to increased childhood mortality from infectious diseases such as measles as well as being a major cause of blindness. Rice is the staple cereal in most of those countries and golden rice, which contains the precursor of vitamin A, beta-carotene, has been shown to be effective at improving nutritional status with regard to vitamin A.

The full article is available here.