The Cost of Delaying Approval of Golden Rice

J.H.H. Wesseler, S. Kaplan, D. Zilberman

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
JournalAgricultural and Resource Economics Update
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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