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Media Coverage Of Agrobiotechnology: Did The Butterfly Have An Effect?

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  • Marks, Leonie A.
  • Kalaitzandonakes, Nicholas G.
  • Allison, Kevin
  • Zakharova, Ludmila
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    Abstract

    This study examines media coverage of genetically modified (GM) crops in a risk communication framework. Content analysis is employed to investigate how specific environmental, food safety, and landmark events, such as the monarch butterfly and Pusztai controversies, and the cloning of Dolly-the-sheep, were reported by the media. Media coverage is from United Kingdom and United States newspapers over the period 1990 through 2001. On balance, findings show that the UK press has been more negative than the U.S. press in its coverage of GM crops. In addition, environmental and food safety events had a significant impact on the level and cycle of GM crop coverage.

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    Article provided by Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia in its journal Journal of Agribusiness.

    Volume (Year): 21 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:jloagb:14674

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    Keywords: biosafety; content analysis; environment; GM crops; GMOs; media coverage; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; Teaching/Communication/Extension/Profession;

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    Cited by:
    1. Kym Anderson & Gordon Rausser & Johan Swinnen, 2012. "Political Economy of Public Policies: Insights from Distortions to Agricultural and Food Markets," Departmental Working Papers 2012-18, The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics.
    2. Miljkovic, Dragan & Mostad, Daniel, 2005. "Impact of Changes in Dietary Preferences on U.S. Retail Demand for Beef: Health Concerns and the Role of Media," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19487, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    3. McFadden, Brandon R. & Lusk, Jayson L., 2013. "Effects of Cost and Campaign Advertising on Support for California’s Proposition 37," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 38(2), August.

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