Sewing Discord : What Effect Will Two Controversial Events? Essay

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Sewing Discord: To what effect will two controversial events influence when, if ever, Golden Rice go into distribution?

Subject Area: World Studies: Science, Technology and Sociology
Word Count: 3945
Session: May 2016

I would like to thank my mentor, Mr. McLaughlin, for his valuable and constructive suggestions during the planning and developing of this essay and for taking the time to help me with this work. I would also like to thank Ms. Emma Reed for helping to make the essay more readable and structured.

Genetically modified foods (GMOs) have generated major debate since the first successful GMO was created in 1983. Now a new, potentially life saving GMO is taking the spotlight: Golden Rice. Will Golden Rice, a crop that could greatly reduce malnutrition in poor countries, be able to counteract the general public’s views that GMOs are dangerous and not worth the risk?
This essay uses two case studies that could have major importance in the future of Golden Rice to conclude when, if ever, Golden Rice will go in to distribution. The two case studies occurred in the Bicol region of the Philippines and the Hunan Province of China. In the Bicol case study, environmental activists destroyed test plots of a new strain of Golden Rice. In the Hunan Province case study, several Chinese scientists collaborated with an American scientist to test the effectiveness of Golden Rice, but neglected to tell the children or their parents that…

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