Support Vitamin-Enhanced Rice to Save Lives


Target: World Health Organization

Goal: Support the use of the genetically modified rice to combat vitamin A deficiency in developing countries

Nearly 2 million children die every year as a result of vitamin A deficiency. In countries where rice is the main staple, it is a common occurrence. Genetically modified rice, called golden rice, may be the solution to the vitamin deficiency in children. Golden rice has a higher beta carotene content than regular rice. After beta carotene is ingested, the body converts it into vitamin A. In an effort to combat this problem, we must support the growth of genetically modified rice.

Golden rice could be the key to preventing vitamin A deficiency-related deaths. Every year, more than 250,000 pre-school children become blind as a result of vitamin A deficiency; about half of those children die within a year. It is also known to cause children to be more susceptible to measles, which can also lead to their death.

Further trials for the rice are being conducted to ensure that it meets strict regulations before it will be ready for use by low-income farmers. The Golden Rice Humanitarian Board plans to provide the golden rice seeds to farmers in developing countries, for the same price as ordinary seeds. When the rice becomes ready for farmers to use and harvest, it could play a big part in reducing vitamin A deficiency in children. Children from Southeast Asia and parts of Africa will especially benefit from golden rice. Sign this petition and support golden rice.


Dear World Health Organization,

It has come to my attention that nearly 2 million children die every year due to a deficiency in vitamin A. I believe that the solution to preventing such deaths in the future would be to allow farmers in developing countries, where vitamin A deficiency is prevalent, to grow and harvest a genetically modified rice that contains more beta carotene than regular rice.

This genetically modified rice is called golden rice. Although it does not contain vitamin A, it does have beta carotene which the body converts into vitamin A after it is ingested. Allowing farmers in developing countries to grow this rice would make it possible for the children to have more vitamin A in their diets, thus preventing deaths caused by the deficiency.

I believe that golden rice has the potential to prevent many deaths in children in countries where rice is the main staple. I ask that you consider supporting this genetically modified rice. 


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  1. Anyone else here skeptical of this petition? “Vitamin-enhanced rice” GMO…don’t know of any other enhanced rice out there…Do Not Sign – this is Monsanto’s Golden Rice. Please read up on the health hazards og GMOs, not the PR by Monsanto and friends. This rice has been banned in several places. Please stop this petition.

    • This Petition is shocking and I can see so many signatures….it will be the death knell for these peoples…..the introduction of GM seeds into Africa & S.E. Asia

  2. I hope people are NOT STUPID enough to sign this Petition………the introduction of GM foods into Africa & South East Asia.

  3. Do NOT Sign this bogus petition! They are talking of Genetically Engineered GMO golden rice which is 1. a proven failure and 2. given to children without consent or knowledge to test it… Must have been added by Monsanto..

    Golden rice falls at first hurdle

    Golden Rice Myths
    Dr Michael Hansen debunks some of the many myths…

    Yet the case for Golden Rice is pure hype. For Golden Rice is not particularly rich in carotene and in any case, rice is not, and never will be, the best way to deliver it.

    Scientists Protest UnethicalClinical Trials of GM Golden Rice

    The truth is that Golden Rice does not exist.

    The Golden Rice Scandal Unfolds – Golden Rice, an exercise in how not to do science

    ‘Golden Rice’ – An Exercise in How Not to Do Science. ..‘golden rice’ makes use of a standard antibiotic resistance gene coding.

    A Blind Approach To Blindness Prevention – Dr.Vandana Shiva – The Golden Rice report

    Philippines Protesters Trample, Uproot GM Golden Rice Trial

    “Golden rice is a Trojan horse for pushing through GE-friendly biosafety regulations under the guise of humanitarian aid. Once in place, these regulations open the door for the biotech industry to bring in commercial, patented GE crops; USAID and Monsanto accomplished exactly this in Kenya with their sweet potato project.”

    Golden Rice fairy tale nothing more than biotech industry GMO…
    Don’t believe the Golden Rice “GMO fairy tale!” It’s all pure propaganda! Here’s the real truth about Golden Rice: ‪#‎GMOs‬

    “Golden Rice” GM Vitamin-A Rice..

    Grains of delusion: Golden rice seen from the ground

    Golden rice exposed as fraud: Genetically engineered crop nothing more than biotech battering…

    Among other things, I outline 17 reasons why Golden Rice is a blind approach to blindness. Video Brett Wilcox, We’re Monsanto: Feeding the World, Lie After Lie

    GMO ‘Golden Rice’ Fed to Chinese Children Without Warning

    Vandana Shiva on GMOs and golden rice

    GMO Golden Rice: Myth, not Miracle

    Golden rice debunked: ten blatant contradictions and false claims of genetically modified rice

    Golden Rice – The Trojan Horse?

    Golden Lies: No credibility for Golden Rice campaign chief asked to scrap plan to commercialize ‘golden rice’

    Golden Rice Is Not So Golden

    GM Golden Rice yet another quack science fraud

    GMO Golden Rice: The Scientific Realities

    Syngenta, the makers of GMO Golden Rice, has pressured University of California-Berkley cut off his funding for research on the adverse affects of a pesticide called atrazine. Court documents reveal that Syngenta had a multi-million dollar campaign to try to silence and discredit researchers.

    Golden rice is only golden for the biotech companies that make it.

    400 Farmers in the Philippines have stormed and destroyed the field tests of Monsanto’s GM Golden Rice in order to stop commercialization of the crop:

    Conventional breeding has created numerous nutrient enhanced crops with high levels of beta carotene (Orange Maize, Orange Sweet Potato, High Beta Carotene Tomato, etc.), these are better solutions than Golden Rice, but you probably never heard of them. You heard of Golden Rice because the Council for Biotechnology Information spent millions of dollars advertising Golden Rice, instead of spending that money to actually help hungry people with vitamin A deficiencies.

    The infanticide advocate promoting golden rice

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