You have listened to 4 presentations all outlining important key points for your consideration.
You now need to think about what you have heard and make you own decision!!
You have now been asked to decide whether the WHO will support or oppose golden rice. Use your time to decide what additional facts you need to make a good decision and what moral questions need to be answered. You have heard a testimony from each interested group, you should consider all their ideas when making your final decision.
Recap about each groups ideas:
1. Friends of the Earth: Represent an organisation dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development. They think that golden rice, and all genetically modified plants and animals, pose unknown threats to the environment and human health. They consider the development of genetically modified organisms only continues because of the power wielded by large agribusiness companies.
2. Philippine Partnership for Development Farmer-Research Scientists (MASIPAG)
MASIPAG was formed in 1986 as a collaboration between farmers and agricultural researchers to improve rice farming practices. The organization hopes to make rice farmers independent of loans and chemicals through training in sustainable agriculture. They have argued that poor Asian farmers are not likely to benefit from golden rice. Instead, they see golden rice as a chance for the biotechnology industry to improve its image.
3. People from developing nations: They represent the desperately poor and may have children exhibiting symptoms of vitamin A deficiency. No solution to this critical health problem is immediately available, they have argued that golden rice is desperately needed because the effects of malnutrition are so severe.
4. International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Scientists: IRRI is an organisation that does research in plant breeding and development of new rice varieties for farmers in Asia. Products of IRRI development are freely distributed to farmers and local plant breeders. They have argued that distributing golden rice will benefit malnourished children.
Now you have considered all the information, its time to decide what you believe.
Use the sheet below to report your ideas to the WHO.
Download the sheet and write onto the document the copy and paste it into the comments box below and send a copy to the government to be reviewed.
*Save a copy to review next lesson.
Thank you for your report, the Government will now consider your position and report back to you shortly.