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    This is a GMO rice.
    The idea is to grow a rice species that has Vitamin A.
    The rice grain is yellow in colour.

    There is some controversy surrounding the rice.
    There was a notorious secret testing of such rice by foreigners (foreign to China) on young mainland Chinese children.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-children.html

    The children and their parents were not told that the so-called golden rice was GMO.

    Supposedly, the GMO rice was invented to benefit the under-nourished poor people.
    Apparently the Swiss scientist later linked up with a big bio-engineering firm.
    http://www.irri.org/index.php?option...oject?&lang=en

    http://www.syngenta.com/global/corpo...bout-full.aspx

    But once a big food giant company takes over the invention, then what?
    You have to buy the seeds from that giant, is it not?
    Although the original scientists have altruistic ideals, in the end it is all about profit.
    For example, a bioengineering seed company can earn US$1.48 Billion profit in 3 months. That's profit, not sales turnover.

    So, if the golden rice is so wonderful and if they believe in their own product, why don't the Swiss scientists and bio-engineering companies test it on a large scale, on Swiss and US citizens over a period of several years?

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/201...over-gmo-foods
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    Monsanto is called the Most Evil Corporation by many.
    https://www.google.com.sg/search?q=m...&client=safari
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohflex View Post
    So, if the golden rice is so wonderful and if they believe in their own product, why don't the Swiss scientists and bio-engineering companies test it on a large scale, on Swiss and US citizens over a period of several years?
    Simple: the efforts (monetary and similar) that it takes to conduct such tests somewhere in China are much lower and costs a fraction compared to the restrictions and bureaucratic hurdles that need to be overcome in EU and USA.
    Go and blame the Chinese local corrupts for selling their own countrymen as guinea pigs.
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    PRC government has taken action against Chinese collaborators in this incident.
    It remains that the initiator was the scientist/western bio-engineering firm.
    Probably it was not the red tape in EU/US that caused them to do this secret test on PRC children.

    After the Thalidomide lesson, the bio-engineering firm is afraid to perform the trial on Swiss and/or US citizens.
    If this GMO rice has unknown serious side effects on Swiss or US citizens undergoing the trial, many billion dollar law suits will be filed against the scientist/bio-engineering food giant.
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    There is actually a natural golden rice. It is called 小米. It is very very nutritious. So far I can only find it in Sheng Shiong. SOrry I do not know the name in English. Best way to eat it is to mix with white rice when cooking.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/health/200...nt_9495626.htm

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    This is millet ( 小米). It is a natural grain. Very nutritious, especially when mixed with sorghum/wheat.
    The ancient nomads knew how to mix sorghum/wheat with millet in the right proportions.
    When done so, it is like vegetarian protein bun/bread.
    That was probably how the Manchus became so tough.

    The term "golden rice" used in the GMO species maybe a marketing tool to trick Asians into liking it.
    So far no takers in Asia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohflex View Post
    This is millet ( 小米). It is a natural grain. Very nutritious, especially when mixed with wheat.
    The ancient nomads knew how to mix wheat with millet in the right proportions.
    When done so, it is like vegetarian protein bun/bread.
    That was probably how the Manchus became so tough.

    The term "golden rice" used in the GMO species maybe a marketing tool to trick Asians into liking it.
    So far no takers in Asia.
    Thanks for the English term. When mixed in with white rice, it is really yummy. Funny thing, among the Ethnic Korean community in China, they always mix different grains into their rice. Fantastic taste, and great too, that when I had them, I know all of the grains are grown by the locals, grown the natural way.

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    Interesting watch ... a 14 year old girl fight with bully TV host on GMO food and food labeling practicing ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIXER_yZUBg
    Last edited by keiser; 15th October 2013 at 05:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keiser View Post
    Interesting watch ... a 14 year old girl fight with bully TV host on GMO food and food labeling practicing ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIXER_yZUBg
    She is really impressive standing up to the old man. This Kevin O'Leary is such as assh*le.

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    Yup, O’Leary certainly did not hold back at all on this 14 year old girl … rather shameful isn't it

    Btw, I was wondering if there is any food-labeling regulation or something similar in sg?

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    She is really impressive standing up to the old man. This Kevin O'Leary is such as assh*le.
    Last edited by keiser; 16th October 2013 at 09:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keiser View Post
    Btw, I was wondering if there is any food-labeling regulation or something similar in sg?
    I don't think so.. that could be dangerous to business if suddenly customers find out that the picture on the can has little to do with the content The side effects of undeclared content are business for healthcare sector, later one. Make money from the living as long as they are alive.
    Jokes aside: the regulations can't be tight if artificial ingredients are not clearly labeled but just named as "Flavor" or "Food Coloring". Just yesterday a friend of mine asked me to find the location of production on a chocolate bar (Australian brand). But judging from the most prominent language of the content declaration Thai customers do not worry much about such an insignificant detail. And Singaporeans are expected to follow suit.
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