Genetically modified crops like corn and cotton have sure made a big splash in recent years. But now, it appears the long awaited debut of genetically modified rice may not be far off. According to Planet Ark, so-called Golden Rice is now being field tested in the Philippines, and could be available to farmers as early as 2011. Golden rice is especially desirable since it contains beta-carotene, which our bodies convert to Vitamin A, and can therefore help save millions of children threatened with blindness or premature death due to Vitamin A deficiency. With the world also needing about 70 percent more rice over the next 20 years to meet growing demand, this news about Golden Rice will hopefully yield a bounty of global health.

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