Badly designed regulations lead to unnecessary deaths.

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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.

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David Tribe is an applied geneticist, teaching graduate/undergrad courses in food science, food safety, biotechnology and microbiology at the University of Melbourne.