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Farmers’ Willingness to Adopt Late Blight-Resistant Genetically Modified Potatoes

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Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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Department of Molecular Biotechnology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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VIB (Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie) Headquarters, Rijvisschestraat 120, B-9052 Ghent, Belgium
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Agronomy 2019, 9(6), 280; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy9060280
Received: 29 April 2019 / Revised: 23 May 2019 / Accepted: 28 May 2019 / Published: 31 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Cropping Systems)
The commercialization of genetically modified (GM) crops remains highly contested in the European Union (EU). While research has mainly focused on public and consumer opinions, few studies have investigated farmers’ reactions towards such crops. This study aims to determine farmers’ willingness to adopt a late blight-resistant (LBR) GM potato cultivar (Bintje) in Flanders, Belgium (n = 384). The findings demonstrate that more than half (54.7%) of the farmers have the intention to adopt this GM potato if it becomes available. Farmers’ willingness to adopt is mainly influenced by ethical concerns about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) (negative) and perceived economic benefits of LBR GM potatoes (positive). Knowledge about GM technology decreases the likelihood of being indifferent, as compared to being willing to adopt or being opposed. As such, efforts to improve knowledge alone would not be considered an effective strategy to improve adoption rates among farmers. Socio-economic concerns about GMOs, environmental benefit perceptions of LBR GM potatoes, and socio-demographic and farm variables were not significant as potential determinants of farmers’ likelihood to adopt this GM potato. Our findings lend support to a potentially favorable climate to introduce this GM potato in Flanders, Belgium, an EU region where opt-out measures to restrict cultivation of approved GM crops were not taken. View Full-Text
Keywords: Adoption, attitude; Belgium, farmer; genetic modification; GM; potato Adoption, attitude; Belgium, farmer; genetic modification; GM; potato
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De Steur, H.; Van Loo, E.J.; Maes, J.; Gheysen, G.; Verbeke, W. Farmers’ Willingness to Adopt Late Blight-Resistant Genetically Modified Potatoes. Agronomy 2019, 9, 280.

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