Attitudes of European farmers towards GM crop adoption

22nd Sep 2011

An article published in the Plant Biotechnology Journal analyses European Union (EU) farmers’ attitudes towards adoption of genetically modified crops by identifying and classifying groups of farmers. The authors results showed that economic issues such as the guarantee of a higher income and the reduction of weed control costs are the most encouraging reasons for potential adopters and rejecters of genetically modified herbicide tolerant crops. The paper also examines how putting in place measures to ensure coexistence between GM and non-GM crops may influence farmers’ attitudes towards genetically modified herbicide tolerant crop adoption. Results from this study show that the implementation of a coexistence policy would have a negative impact on farmers’ attitudes on adoption and consequently may hamper genetically modified herbicide tolerant crop adoption in the EU.

 

Paper

Attitudes of European farmers towards GM crop adoption. Francisco J. Areal, Laura Riesgo and Emilio Rodríguez-Cerezo. Article first published online: 19 SEP 2011 DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7652.2011.00651.x

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