The Cost of Delaying Approval of Golden Rice

Justus Wesseler, Scott Kaplan, and David Zilberman

from ARE Update Vol. 17, No. 3, Jan/Feb, 2014

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Abstract

More than 250,000 children go blind every year because of Vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A intake can be enhanced by consuming Golden Rice—a genetically engineered variety of rice. It was available for commercialization in 2002, but approval has been delayed. We estimate that this delay has resulted
in 600,000 to 1.2 million additional cases of blindness.

Keywords

Genetic engineering, GE, genetically modified foods, Vitamin A deficiency

Citation

Justus Wesseler, Scott Kaplan, and David Zilberman. "The Cost of Delaying Approval of Golden Rice." ARE Update 17(3)(2014):3. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
https://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2014/17/3/cost-of-delaying-approval/