GMOs v. Global Hunger

Genetically modified to be enriched with beta-carotene, golden rice grains (left) are a deep yellow. At right, white rice grains.

What if genetically modified foods could solve world hunger? Would it be worth it to feed millions of hungry people with products that may not be safe in the long run? This was the debate recently tackled on NPR with a story about the potential of "golden rice." Golden rice is genetically modified to contain beta-carotene, a nutrient that many around the world are lacking. I am not sure how I feel about this - I plan to do more research into the pros and cons of GMOs. In the meanwhile, I encourage you to listen to the story of golden rice.