The Golden Rice Project

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Genetically modifying organism (GMO) refers to the act of changing the organism gene according to the way humans desire it and in the process changing its characteristics. Humans have been modifying organisms for thousands of years. For example cabbage, kale and broccoli have the same scientific name; Brassica oleracea as they came from the same original plant that have been domesticated and been selectively bred for different characteristic until it becomes the vegetables that we recognise today. But most of the time when we discuss about GMO it refers to the act of modifying the DNA of an organism in the lab.

The benefits of GMO is that it prevents community from having preventable diseases through fortifying of food. One example would be the golden rice project is to increase the intake of vitamin A in poor communities which eat rice. As the poor intake of vitamin a will lead to blindness and death in children. As vitamin A is not found in rice but in vegetable and animal product. (The Golden Rice Project. (n.d.)) By having the rice to have vitamin A it allows them to reach more people as it is cheaper than providing them fruits and vegetables, as the communities are in remote areas it makes it hard to transport anything to them. Rice have a longer self-life and the
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But GMO food in the market are tested. Both the FDA and FAO have developed protocols to ensure that GMO is safe and so far there have been no adverse reaction to GMO products in the market. (U.S. Regulation of Genetically Modified Crops. (n.d.). Retrieved June 15, 2016) FDA requires GMO have to meet the same requirements are non GMO crops, the manufactures are recommend to consult with the FDA before marketing their product to ensure that it will no cause allergic reaction. (Questions & Answers on Food from Genetically Engineered Plants. (n.d.). Retrieved June 15,

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