Why are people arguing about Golden Rice?

Golden rice was introduced as a grain that was nutritionally dense in vitamin A to help developing countries supply their population with the essential micronutrients other developed nations can get from a varied diet. As populations rise in developing nations stable food crops, such as rice, have become a way for countries to feed the hungry. In these rice base societies, the absence of vitamin A in rice grains can manifest itself into a series of human health consequences like blindness and even death. Golden rice is a GM crop, created by Ingo Portykus and a team of scientist, that has had two genes inserted into the rice genome by genetic engineering to allow for the accumulation of Beta-carotene (vitamin A) in the grain. This GM crop has been proposed as both an alternative and a solution to the vitamin A deficiency problem when compared to the traditional white rice that farmers in developing nations currently grow. Whilst this rice grain has been around for many years it has yet to be implemented on a large scale in developing nations. This is due to the controversy surrounding golden rice that has risen from various social worlds concerning the health, ethical, environmental, and industrial implications of the introduction of this rice grain. The extent of the debate crosses many social worlds that all have contrasting views on society and nature, ultimately leading to a debate in what is right or wrong?

The link below takes you to a visual display of extent of the debate surrounding Golden Rice. In the sub pages attached to this page you will find a detailed summary of the interests and values of certain social worlds, along with the stake and influence they hold over Golden Rice:

The debate surrounding the controversy:


Extent of the debate: see link above