The fate of the tiny grain
It appears that Golden Rice has come to a stand still for the time being as the science and social world battle it out over who is right or wrong. It has caused researchers, funding institutes and the general public to feel optimistic about Golden Rice and its worth in solving the Vitamin A deficiency problem. Traditionally anything backed by science and funding institutions with money seems to win over any argument in the sense that 'might makes right'. In politics the government and the industry usually have such close connections that governmental decisions are heavily influenced by the industrial economy. Very rarely do you see government officials siding with the NGO's and environmental activist when it comes to policy making. The industry and environmentalists seem to always been in battle as their views on nature, and its purpose, appear to be contradictory. Whilst environmentalists in the past have been silence by the money and political power that key industries have they appear to have made an impact when it comes to Golden Rice.
In a world that is increasingly connected via accelerating processes of globalization we have seen NGO's claim some of the stage that was previously dominated by states. They now have the power to influence governments through decreased communication costs, special interests, and the mobilization of supports world wide. In the case of Golden Rice we have seen environmental NGO's, who are also concerned with human ethics, bring together various actors to over throw the industries desires to produce Golden Rice and increase their profit margins. As individuals can now access knowledge, which was previously held by the government and industries, they have a greater sense of what the is going on in the world. They have more means to act and prevent corruption of thier own lively hoods for the interests of a few.
The increase in environmental awareness, through the processes of greater interdependence, is the prime cause for the halt in the implementation of Golden Rice in developing nations. Here is a case where environmentalists now have a say in what happens in our world, and what policy of change will be implemented. As our world continues to developed at the speed and pace that is currently set environmentalists, and other social world actors, will gain more importance and influence over the decision making process in the political world. Whilst the industries influence will not diminish it will face new challenges to overcome. And this resilience with not just come from Golden Rice. As long as there are competing ideas it will slow political decision making down. Until the science actors and social actors can come to an agreement on what is best for our world things will appear to halt, as mixed massages and translations cause doubt and fear in policy makers minds.