Genetically modified rice – called ‘golden rice’ – can increase yields and, since it produces beta-carotene, can prevent the sequelae of vitamin A deficiency that is common in those with a predominantly rice-based diet. For an interesting article on the controversy over use of this GM crop in Bangladesh, and its potential costs-benefit, please read Uttam Deb’s article from the Copenhagen Consensus Center.
— Richard Lilford, CLAHRC WM Director
- Deb U. Returns to Golden Rice Research in Bangladesh: An Ex-ante Analysis. Bangladesh Priorities, Copenhagen Consensus Center, 2016.