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Are U.S. Consumers Tolerant of GM Foods?

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  • Rousu, Matthew
  • Huffman, Wallace
  • Shogren, Jason F.
  • Tegene, Abebayehu

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Genetically modified (GM) foods have caused many controversies. One important controversy relates to tolerance?the impurity rate that is tolerated before a commodity must be labeled as genetically modified. Currently, the United States does not have a specific tolerance or threshold level for GM foods. This paper uses experimental auctions to determine consumers? acceptance of non-GM foods with zero, 1 percent, and 5 percent tolerance for genetically modified material. Our results indicate that consumers would pay less for food that tolerates GM material, but the discount is not significantly different for foods with 1-percent and 5-percent GM content. Key words: genetically modified (GM) foods, contamination thresholds, laboratory auctions, nth-price auction, vegetable oil, tortilla chips, russet potatoes

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 10050.

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Date of creation: 30 Oct 2002
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Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:10050

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Keywords: genetically modified foods; GM foods; contamination thresholds; laboratory auctions; nth-rice auction; vegetable oil; tortilla chips; russet potatoes;

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  1. Wachenheim, Cheryl J. & Vanwechel, Tamara, 2004. "The Influence Of Environmental-Impact Information On Consumer Willingness To Pay For Products Labeled As Free Of Genetically Modified Ingredients," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 35(02), July.

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