12 Dec '11, 7am

Can GM-free biofortified crops succeed after Golden Rice controversy? @HarvestPlus @the_ecologist

Can GM-free biofortified crops succeed after Golden Rice controversy? @HarvestPlus @the_ecologist

It's basically using plant breeding to develop varieties that have the edible portions that are higher in minerals and vitamins. In order to be successful they have to be just as profitable and high-yielding as existing crops.

 TL: Is it just a temporary fix to malnutrition until diets become more diversified? HB: It's by no means a silver bullet that is going to solve the mineral and vitamin problem. The long run solution is that peoples' incomes go up to the point where they can afford to pay for the diets we all enjoy. Biofortification is something we can do along the way to increase the vitamin uptake. What I like about it is every dollar invested has a very high return. I wouldn’t exactly call it a temporary measure - it’s something which could continue again and again over a long period of time. For example, why wouldn’t people want to eat orange maize? It’s high in...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1159571/ca...

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