Explaining Europe's Resistance to Agricultural Biotechnology

Gregory D. Graff and David Zilberman

from ARE Update Vol. 7, No. 5, May/June, 2004

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Abstract

European policies blocking genetically engineered crops are conventionally attributed to the concerns of European consumers, but they can be attributed to the self-interests of European industry and farmers as well. Biotech policies maintained in the name of consumer interests are helping European chemical firms to slow their losses in the global crop protection market and are helping European farmers differentiate their conventional crops on environmental and safety grounds, maintain their agricultural subsidies and win new non-tariff trade protections.

Keywords

crop, consumer, biotechnology, Europe, genetic, chemical

Citation

Gregory D. Graff and David Zilberman. "Explaining Europe's Resistance to Agricultural Biotechnology." ARE Update 7(5)(2004):1-4. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
http://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2004/7/5/explaining-europes-resist/