Golden Rice approval in Bangladesh hits temporary snag but approval in early 2020 and planting by 2021 on track

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Golden Rice was developed almost two decades ago by biologists Prof Ingo Potrykus of the Institute of Plant Sciences in Switzerland and Prof Peter Beyer at Freiburg University in Germany as a way to prevent vitamin A deficiency in the developing world. Lack of vitamin A is a leading cause of childhood blindness and can also make children more susceptible to death from other illness like measles.

Now, after two years undergoing the regulatory approval process, …. Golden Rice seems to be on track to receive the final stamp of approval from the Bangladeshi Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change. So, what’s the holdup?

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Approval was expected on 15 November but has been delayed seemingly due to the death of a committee member. Others suggest some committee members remain unconvinced. Nevertheless, hopes remain high, especially since the committee previously approved another transgenic crop. If everything goes to plan, farmers might be planting Golden Rice seed by 2021. After that, the question will be how well the new crop is adopted.

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