Journal, Winter 2001, Vitamin A

Wise Traditions, Volume 2, Number 4


  • Modern Foods: Golden Genes, Craig Holdrege and Steve Talbott discuss world hunger and GMO rice
  • ABC’s of Nutriton: Vitamin A Saga, Sally Fallon and Mary Enig describe the successes and the subterfuge
  • Modern Diseases: Anthrax, Dr. Edgar Sheaffer gives the view of homeopathic veterinary medicine
  • Health Issues: Cipro Dangers, Andreas Schuld and colleagues reveal what the newspapers haven’t


President’s Message: The Golden Rice Issue

by Sally Fallon Our last issue generated considerable controversy over the question of whether white rice should be considered part of the traditional Japanese diet. It’s a question that we have not yet answered definitively, but the discussion has led to other topics, namely the unfortunate effects of industrialized grain cultivation in Third World countries in general, and specifically the impending introduction of genetically modified “golden” rice, promoted as a panacea for vitamin-A deficiency in Asia and Africa. One thing is certain, the deficiency problems in less prosperous nations will not be solved by introducing golden rice, nor by reintroducing whole brown rice to the Asian diet. Neither contain the fat-soluble factors that are naturally present in the varied diet of a prosperous peasantry. The carotenes in “golden” rice cannot be converted in sufficient amounts to supply adequate vitamin A for optimal human health and brown rice, while rich in minerals, requires careful preparation and the presence of fat-soluble activators in the diet to make those minerals available. The advice offered by government agencies–that our nutritional needs can be met entirely by plant foods–is bad advice indeed, wishful thinking on the part of the food processing industry and a tragic fiction when applied to the human community. The Green Revolution–beginning with hybrid seed and culminating in genetically modified seed–has been advertised as the solution to world hunger, but its long-term effect has been to promote scarcity and deficiency by pushing small farmers off the land and depriving them of the animal foods they need to be healthy. The solution–whether in America or Asia–is to buy locally as much as possible and to prepare your food in your own home, a boycott, in effect, of industrialized food. Only a significant drop in revenues will put this monster in its grave. As the year draws to a close, we can congratulate ourselves on great progress made in this direction. We now have over 80 local chapters helping consumers find unprocessed milk and local food. Our message is spreading throughout the globe, thanks to the efforts of our members in distributing our informational brochures and sharing our magazines with their family and friends. It is a great pleasure to welcome the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation as a new advertiser. This organization houses a wealth of information in its library in San Diego and has faithfully kept Weston Price’s classic work in circulation throughout the years. We are also delighted to be adding a “Making the Transition” column by nutritionist Lori Lipinski to our pages. May the upcoming year be blessed with good health and joyful service.

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