"There's no doubt that Golden Rice could have saved millions of lives -- 10 million is a reasonable estimate -- since it was developed," Chassy says. "Studies in humans show that the beta-carotene in GR is well absorbed and that it is converted to vitamin A. One bowl of Golden Rice per day can eliminate vitamin A deficiency. Opposition from well-financed professional scaremongers and nay-sayers coupled with needlessly restrictive regulations have blocked the introduction of GR at a great cost in lives."
Science and modern farming are doing their jobs, he says. And it is time to get out of their way.