24 July 2021

Philippines approves 'golden rice' for commercial production.

The Philippines became the world's first country Friday (Jul 23) to approve the commercial production of genetically modified "golden rice" that experts hope will combat childhood blindness and save lives in the developing world.

A biosafety permit issued by government regulators paves the way for the rice - enriched with the vitamin A precursor beta-carotene to make it more nutritional - to be grown by farmers across the country.

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