In the absence of access to Golden Rice and similar nutritionally enhanced foods, the world’s poor are suffering and dying unnecessarily, but not because of the failure of intellectual property. A far more critical factor is the gratuitous regulation demanded by activists and created and maintained by bureaucrats. This is a moral outrage, one to which too many people have been too blind for too long.
Monsanto deserves criticism for encouraging farmers in dry regions of India to adopt disease-resistant, but water-hungry versions of cotton seed that failed to produce. But in regions with water, yields and farm profits are up and crop losses are down. Malthusian starvation, like decline, is a choice.