05 August 1999
Papers go with GM rice — again

NEWS that scientists have produced genetically modified (GM) rice to combat iron deficiency and improve childhood health is reported for the third day running.

One variety of the GM rice 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 a 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.