A Golden Opportunity

Judge GM crops on their properties, not the technique that made them – and we can start saving lives, says Professor Klaus Ammann

The Biologist Vol 61(3) p8

According to the World Health Organization, 250 million preschool children are vitamin A deficient. Between 250,000 and 500,000 children become blind annually, and half of them die within 12 months of losing their sight[1,2].

Even more shocking is that the deficiency leads to nutritionally acquired immune deficiency[3]. Consequently, providing vitamin A to all children in undernourished settings could prevent an estimated 1.9–2.7 million child deaths annually from otherwise survivable infectious diseases[4].

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