26 August 2021

Philippines approves GMO 'golden rice' for commercial production.

The Philippines became the world's first country 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, its developers said.

Golden Rice has received food safety approvals from regulators in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.


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