Golden Rice is not a realistic solution to the problem of malnutrition and could well create further serious problems for the people who grow and eat it.
GM Watch and GM-Free Cymru, 13 January 2014
Golden Rice (GR) is genetically engineered to contain increased levels of beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A (also known as provitamin A). The rice is claimed to help cure blindness and other illnesses caused by vitamin A deficiency in the Third World. It is also claimed that opposition to GR by environmentalists and anti-GMO activists has caused millions to die or go blind in the developing world.
However, the claims made for and about GR are factually incorrect and unscientific.