In August, new research by Tufts University and others was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showing that the beta carotene produced by Golden Rice is as good as beta carotene in oil at providing vitamin A to children. The study demonstrates that children, who are among those most vulnerable to vitamin A deficiency, could benefit from Golden Rice as a steady source of the nutrient.
Reuters and New Scientist were among those who reported on it, and New Scientist also published an editorial: Nutrient-rich Golden Rice should be embraced. Talking Nutrition also wrote this blog post about it.
This nutritional research on Golden Rice was carried out by a number of prestigious institutions, including Tufts University and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Children’s Nutrition Research Center. The published study states that the processes and protocol were approved in China and the United States and conducted with the consent of those involved.
Although none of the participating organizations in the Golden Rice project coordinated by IRRI were involved in this new study, the results provide additional evidence that Golden Rice may help improve Vitamin A status among children.
Our project to develop and evaluate Golden Rice in the Philippines and Bangladesh hopes to build on this knowledge in the future to evaluate whether daily consumption of Golden Rice improves vitamin A status.