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Consumer Perceptions And Attitudes Towards Bovine Somatotropin


  • Kaiser, Harry M.
  • Scherer, Clifford W.
  • Barbano, David M.


This article investigates the possible negative effects of bovine somatotropin (bST) and antibiotic use in cows on fluid-milk consumption in New York State. Based on data from a consumer survey, the potential change in milk consumption due to bST and antibiotic use is estimated. In addition, the current perceptions of consumers about bST and antibiotics are measured, and the significant socioeconomic, demographic, and attitudinal characteristics of consumers that are related to their milk-consumption response to bST are identified. Depending upon consumer awareness of bST, the results indicate that milk consumption in New York State could decrease by 5.5% to 15.6% if bST is approved. The results also suggest that antibiotic use in cows could decrease milk consumption by 1.6% to 7%, depending upon consumer awareness. A major implication is that education will likely play an important role in influencing consumers' attitudes and perceptions about both bST and antibiotics.

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  • Kaiser, Harry M. & Scherer, Clifford W. & Barbano, David M., 1992. "Consumer Perceptions And Attitudes Towards Bovine Somatotropin," Northeastern Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 21(1), April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:nejare:28850

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    1. Li, Tongzhe & Bernard, John C. & Johnston, Zachary A. & Messer, Kent D. & Kaiser, Harry M., 2017. "Consumer preferences before and after a food safety scare: An experimental analysis of the 2010 egg recall," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 66(C), pages 25-34.
    2. Loren W. Tauer, 1994. "The value of segmenting the milk market into bST-Produced and Non-bST-Produced milk," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 10(1), pages 3-12.
    3. Kaiser, Harry M., 1992. "Market Impacts Of Bovine Somatropin: A Supply And Demand Analysis," Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 24(01), July.
    4. W. Lesser & John Bernard & Kaafee Billah, 1999. "Methodologies for ex ante projections of adoption rates for agbiotech products: Lessons learned from rBST," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(2), pages 149-162.
    5. Baker, Gregory A. & Burnham, Thomas A., 2001. "The Market For Genetically Modified Foods: Consumer Characteristics And Policy Implications," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA), vol. 4(04).
    6. Ravenswaay, Eileen O. van, 1993. "Research Needs in the Valuation of Food Safety and Nutrition," Staff Papers 201172, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
    7. Govindasamy, Ramu & Liu, Donald & Kliebenstein, James, 1993. "Economic Impacts of Porcine Somatotropin on a Farrow-to-Finish Hog Farm Operation," ISU General Staff Papers 199302010800001247, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    8. Tauer, Loren W., 1993. "Segmenting the Milk Market into bST-Produced and Non-bST-Produced Milk," Staff Papers 121326, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.


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