Chinese leaders have fired three government officials involved in a study of genetically modified rice, after complaints that the study's subjects weren't properly informed. The subjects were kids whose parents didn't know what their kids were eating.
The study involves golden rice, a goldenrod-colored form of the grain developed more than a decade ago for the express purpose of addressing vitamin A deficiency in developing countries. It has been alternately hailed as a humanitarian breakthrough and denigrated as an empty promise to the poor--but one thing it has not been is actually approved for use. The study at the heart of this new controversy was a step on that path. It was partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and included some U.S.-based researchers.
In the study, some Chinese children were fed golden rice, which had been genetically modified to produce beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A formation. Other children in the study ate meals containing spinach or beta carotene capsules. Scientists wanted to determine how well the beta carotene converted to vitamin A after the rice was eaten. Parents were told their kids were eating rice that contained beta carotene, but they weren't told it got this way through genetic modification. They were also not told about skepticism and controversy surrounding GMO foods generally and golden rice specifically.
Greenpeace pointed out this study back in August, and Chinese officials launched an investigation, culminating in a recent report about the trial on state-run TV station CCTV. In the program, Chinese officials admit that they didn't mention golden rice because it was "too sensitive," and that they wanted to save time and move the study forward. Now families are outraged, reports Nature News, which covers the controversy in depth. And three Chinese officials have been fired.
Most of the food we eat in this country contains some ingredients from genetically modified plants, whether it's weed-killer-resistant soybeans or pest-resistant corn, and most people don't know it--so it's in some ways this isn't all that shocking. But genetically modified food is met with more skepticism in China than it is generally in the U.S.
What's really at issue here is informed consent, a serious matter in any scientific study. People need to understand what they're volunteering to do--or volunteering their kids to do--especially when it involves ingesting something.
I just don't get WHY people are so worried about genetically modified foods - they're scientifically proven to be better in every way!
of course so many people are terrified of science, that explains it in the US, but china doesn't have the stupid religious mentality to hold them back... so i just don't get it.
Research done by Caen University in France and peer reviewed by independent scientists to guarantee the experiments were properly conducted to verify validity showed major health problems in animals which were fed GMO foods.
Dr Michael Antoniou, a molecular biologist at King’s College, London, and an expert on GM foods, said: ‘It shows an extraordinary number of tumours developing earlier and more aggressively – particularly in female animals. I am shocked by the extreme negative health impacts.’
You might also find it interesting that Monsanto, one of the largest producers of GMO foods, has stopped serving GMO foods in some of it's company cafeterias because the employees don't want to eat it. That's right, the people who make it won't eat it.
Posted in the cafeteria of the Monsanto factory in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire is the following notice:
“as far as practicable, GM soya and maize (has been removed) from all food products served in our restaurant. We have taken the steps to ensure that you, the customer, can feel confident in the food we serve.”
The notice was posted by the Sutcliffe Catering Group which provides Monsanto’s factory cafeteria with dining.
According to CBC Canada News “Monsanto confirms the authenticity of the notice.
Wow, you guys obviously didnt read anything to do with results from GMO food studies. Find an independant study that supports GMO foods, good luck, you wont.
GMO foods are always proven to be worse off than organic foods in every case, both animals and plants.
They just wanted to do some human trials and what better way than to exploit chinas massive population and lack of governing.
Really, greenpeace had to point it out to them? Bull-shiz, the government knew about it plain and simple.
GMO is 100% safe and proven many times.
Agent orange, PCBs, DDT were also very safe.
"...Chinese officials admit that they didn’t mention golden rice because it was “too sensitive,” and that they wanted to save time and move the study forward..."
So Chinese officials justified to themselves lying was ok.
"...Chinese leaders have fired three government officials involved in a study of genetically modified rice, after complaints that the study’s subjects weren’t properly informed. The subjects were kids whose parents didn’t know what their kids were eating..."
To the best of my knowledge, most of the corn and soy products in the US are made from genetically modified produce.
If there are negative effects they should be visible by now on an epidemic scale. But of course misleading these children and their parents was wrong. I also feel that a lot of controversy could be removed if products were clearly labeled regarding genetically modified ingredients.
It all depends on which genes are being modified. Might be good, might be bad, might be harmless. The truth is that insufficient studies have been done on GM produce to know what effect they might have on the general population.
It is entirely possible that GM foods could be contributing to ailments that are not fully understood. Allergies, autism, obesity, etc.
The only difference between organic and non organically raised food is the pricetag and quality (higher price and lower quality for organic).
When is the last time you ate something that was not genetically modified by human beings? Unless it was gathered or shot in the wild, it genes were modified through selective breeding long before people even knew what they were doing (doing things like turning wolves into dogs and wild plants into domestic crops).
Anyone who has a problem with genetic modification should marry plankton instead of a human.
Exactly what I was thinking. I don't understand whats going on in this case.
Maybe its corporate sabotage.
Lol. Peoples' evolution = genetic modification and that means it's safe argument I find to be completely ridiculous. Yes, a lot of GMO is probably relatively safe. I'm willing to bet that if the rice is healthy the beta carotene modification is pretty safe... The problem with many of the monsanto modifications is that they make the rice inedible to insects, or make it resistent to things like weed killer... which ultimately and that is messing around with poisons... just like many other poisonously evolved things.
Genetic engineering has been going on for thousands of years. Ex: Farmer Bob tossing the small ears of corn and planting seeds from the big. Or Rancher John breeding the big cows and culling the weaklings. Just because it's done in a laboratory instead of the farm/ranch doesn't make it evil.
So, let us assume that this GMO rice kills 3% of the people who eat it.
BUT, it allows us to grow 20% more rice, sustaining a population 5% larger than current food production can.
So, by eliminating the weak 3%, we grow 5%, and humanity prospers. Furthermore, after a generation or two, the weak rice-poison people are all gone, and humanity is immue to the poison of GMO rice.
That is evolutionary growth in its purest and most natural form.
I sorta agree with Oakspar77777. But what about self preservation? Are you willing to end your life and your offspring for the greater good? if only life was that easy to answer.
Give it to me and my kids, we will eat it and love it!
Genetic modification has been occurring NATURALLY since the first cells began to divide on this planet millions of years ago, it's called EVOLUTION!
Through science we now thoroughly grasp these processes and have harnessed them to our benefit.
This not scary stuff guys, it's simply shaping our environment to better suit our needs. Only the very ignorant could fear such basic improvements to these organisms.
Farmers have been engaged in 'genetic engineering' since farmers were farmers, huh?
Selective breeding isn't the same as a lab adding fungus genes to corn, or fish genes to tomatoes....
If GMO have no side effects and they're good for you why has Monsanto faught so hard to make sure the food products do not contain a label that says that it contains genetically modified ingredients. There is no way to link symptoms or diseases with GMO if there is no way of tracking what your eating. People are not going to point the finger at GMO foods if they don't know they're eating it.
The real Fact is that one strain of GM rice damn near killed Asian rice. Fact: One strain of GM corn damn near killed all corn in America. Fact: One strain of GM wheat damn near killed all European wheat.
Mad cow is another fun one, probably steroid as well as viral and bacterial in cause.
Radiation damage to livestock and wildlife in 8 critical areas of the U.S. that has already been credited with abnormal growth patterns by specie at the Chernobyl facility area for more than 20 years; are being ignored by the U.S. government. Hanford, for example, has elk with more than 100 extra pounds. Sounds good you say? Except that these elk just don't look quite right when hunters are asked.
Triploid trout are destroying every water system they've been put in, outeating every other fish. They are NOT CONTAINED, and are invading other waterways. These 'fish' have a pretty nasty texture and appearance to their 'flesh'.
GM salmon, IDK if they are triploids like the trout, but I do know that they also outeat real salmon. I've never cut one open yet either to check out the texture and color, but no matter. I'd feed my family on dog before I'd subject them to these nasty excuses for food.