is a strain of rice genetically engineered to produce extra beta-carotene, part of a humanitarian effort to get more Vitamin A into the diets of people who subsist primarily on rice. The genes that produce the beta-carotene come from corn and a soil bacterium. On the legal end, the rice was developed using free technology licenses that allow the International Rice Research Institute to hand the rice out for free to subsistence farmers, and allow those farmers to save seeds and replant in subsequent years. Last week, anti-GMO activists destroyed a test plot
of Golden Rice in the Philippines. — Maggie
, whose infographics we've featured on Boing Boing before, recently started getting into animation as a way to tell data-intensive stories. This video
on food labeling, and why so many big businesses donated so many millions to defeat California's Proposition 37, is his first experiment.
"I opened After Effects for the first time last monday and finished this video on GMO labeling last Friday," Jess says. "It's nothing too special, but I'm excited about this new story telling medium for me, so if you have any stories to tell, let me know."
Your suggestions for future videos welcome in the comments!