Biofortification is just another term for GE (aka GMO) crops that put the power and control of growing in the hands of corporate giants. GE crops are being used as a wedge to destroy soil and more importantly, to take control of growing away from small-holding farmers.
Today, GE producers are pushing “golden” corn and rice, that have been manufactured and promoted at great expense. They say the Vitamin A they are engineered to create will solve a dietary deficiency in certain countries. But we can also think about how differently food growing would be in poor regions of the world if billions had been invested to bring knowledge and valuable resources, such as water, to growers in poor communities. Why, they might be able to solve their Vitamin A deficiency problems in so many different ways.
Here are some additional problems with “orange” crops like corn and rice:
- The Vitamin A ingredient in them derives from carrots, and it breaks down in storage.
- People who consume orange crops may not have in their diet other nutrients needed to absorb Vitamin A.
- The seeds are owned by the GE companies that manufacture them. They’re not giving up their patents, or control over them.
- Growers still lack sufficient water to grow.
- The unintended consequences of using GE crops like these, has not been mapped.
Additional information at http://www.gmwatch.org/news/archive/2013/15045-golden-rice-not-so-golden