Badly designed regulations lead to unnecessary deaths.

Regulation must be revolutionized
Unjustified and impractical legal requirements are stopping genetically engineered
crops from saving millions from starvation and malnutrition, says Ingo Potrykus.

Nature Volume 466 , July 29th 2010, page 561

The crop [Golden Rice] was stalled for more than ten years by the working conditions and requirements demanded by regulations (see ‘From bench to belly’). For example, we lost more than two years for the permission to test golden rice in the field and more than four years in collecting data for a regulatory dossier that would satisfy any national biosafety authority. I therefore hold the regulation of genetic engineering responsible for the death and blindness of thousands of children and young mothers.

David Tribe

Written by David Tribe

David Tribe’s research career in academia and industry has covered molecular genetics, biochemistry, microbial evolution and biotechnology. He has over 60 publications and patents. Dr. Tribe's recent activities focus on agricultural policy and food risk management. He teaches graduate programs in food science and risk management as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agriculture and Food Systems, University of Melbourne.
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