04 August 1999
GM rice ‘improves childhood health’

EUROPEAN scientists claim to have produced genetically modified (GM) rice that could combat iron deficiency and improve childhood health.

One variety which has been developed is rich in beta-carotene, the substance turned into vitamin A when eaten.

Another is rich in iron, according to a paper given by a scientist from the Swiss Institute for Plant Science, at the International Botanical Conference in St Louis, Missouri.

The development of the new rice varieties has been financed by the European Commission and the Rockefeller Foundation.

They will not be made available to farmers until the nutritional and environmental properties have been examined, the commission said.

  • Financial Times 04/08/99 page 32