(Natural News) Golden rice was once touted as a miracle food that would save the world from vitamin A deficiency and the health problems it can cause. Two decades later, the rice has failed to deliver on its promises – as many predicted – and the future for this GMO rice isn’t looking too bright, either. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has likely sealed its fate by determining that it does not offer any nutritional benefits.
Golden rice is rice that has been modified so its grain produces the nutrient beta-carotene with the aim of creating a good source of vitamin A. However, the FDA has informed the developers of the rice, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), that it failed to meet the nutritional requirements for making health claims.
This is just the latest in a string of bad news for the rice, which has been produced in various iterations throughout the years but has yet to find success. The rice in question from the IRRI is the only one that has ever made it as far as the regulatory approval stage. With backing from the Gates Foundation, the rice has been approved for import by regulating bodies in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.