Adoption of GMHT crops: Coexistence policy consequences in the European Union

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A number of previous publications on GM related issues have focused on consumer attitudes towards GM food (Burton et al., 2001; Grimsrud et al., 2004; Lusk et al., 2004; Rigby and Burton, 2005). There is also great interest from both policy makers and the EU agricultural sector in knowing what farmers' views and attitudes are towards this new technology and how the  implementation of coexistence measures may affect the likelihood of them adopting new GM crops. Taking this issue into account, the main objective of this article is to provide an insight into the factors affecting the ex ante likelihood of adoption of some GM crops, including economic, environmental, technical factors and the regulations to ensure coexistence highlighted above. The analysis focuses on two particular GM crops, GMHT OSR and GMHT maize, both not yet approved for cultivation within the EU but widely adopted by farmers elsewhere.

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