Rice is a staple food for millions of people, predominantly in Asia, but lacks essential nutritional components such as Vitamin A. This is very important for over 180 million children and women of child bearing age who suffer from Vitamin A deficiency in Asia alone. For this reason, an improvement was made under an effort led by Profs. Ingo Potrykus and Peter Beyer by inserting several genes into rice to produce an improved product called GoldenRice (on the trademark, see Note on Trademark and Domain Names below). Because GoldenRice has the potential to be easily integrated into the farming systems of the worlds poorer regions, the advent of GoldenRice promises to go a long way towards solving Asia's Vitamin A deficiency problem in an effective, inexpensive, and sustainable way.
David R. Kryder, Stanley P. Kowalski, and Anatole F. Krattiger. 2000. "The Intellectual and Technical Property Components of pro-Vitamin A Rice (GoldenRiceTM): A Preliminary Freedom-To-Operate Review,” (2000) available at https://perma.cc/K3K9-4QQE