No, Zac Goldsmith, golden rice is not 'evil GM'. It saves people's lives

04.11.2013

The Guardian

Published 04 November 2013

Tory MP Zac Goldsmith turns his fire on genetically modified food with an outburst of tired and wrongheaded myths (The minister for GM hype, 25 October). Goldsmith focuses in particular on "golden rice", genetically modified to tackle blindness caused by vitamin A deficiency, but seems more concerned with ridding the world of "evil GM" than using the technique to help people. "Commentators are wondering why hi-tech golden rice should be hailed as a solution to a problem that could be solved far more cheaply and quickly with the supply of green vegetables and cheap supplements," he says.

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