Food Inc. Chapter 2 Summary

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Summary for Chapter 2, Seeds of Gold, of Food Inc. by Peter Pringle


<p>Book: Food, Inc.Chapter 2: Seeds of GoldThe golden rice project succeeded in transferring beta-carotene into rice, the primary diet of poorer nations to eliminate malnourishment. However, the golden rice could not be donated to the poor due to multiple license claims by corporates who hold patents to technologies used in its development. As a solution, Potrykus and Beyer filed a patent for their invention and formed an agreement with AstraZeneca, which gave approval to the donation of rice seeds to poorer farmers and in return market it for profits. Thus, corporates relented for a charitable image. This however led critics to believe that the scientists were profit-minded and used compassion for fame. Shiva, a critic, also believed that there were simpler methods to eliminate malnourishments such as increasing greens consumption. This chapter ends with Shiva stating that golden rice is part of the Green Revolution, which supported homogenous culture that made agriculture less versatile to changes, and hence is not a real solution for developing countries.(160 words)</p>