Biofortification Lasting solutions to micronutrient malnutrition and world hurger

Morgan, J. (2013) Biofortification Lasting solutions to micronutrient malnutrition and world hurger. CSA News Magazine, 58 (1). pp. 4-9.

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In a modern world where the West is afflicted by the diseases of excess nutrition, much of the rest of the globe suffers at the hands of hunger. It ranks as the world’s top health risk, taking the lives of more people annually than the combined effects of AIDs, malaria, and tuberculosis. One in seven is affected by hunger, and it kills five million children a year, particularly in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific region where half of the world’s population lives. A troubling component of hunger is micronutrient deficiency. Called “hidden hunger,” it stems from the lack of essential dietary vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, iodine, and vitamin A, causing a variety of diseases and other maladies such as blindness, brain damage, and death. But the problem isn’t immune to solutions. Over the past 20 years, an ingenious approach has sought to affect micronutrient malnutrition at its root cause, with the crop plants themselves. In 1993, a small group of researchers concerned about hunger wondered if they could breed plants selectively such that they would provide more of these critical micronutrients.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sweet Potato, Malnutriton, Hunger,
Author Affiliation: CSA News magazine contributing writer
Subjects: Crop Improvement
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2013 04:16
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2013 04:16
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