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The Diffusion of Bt Cotton and the Economic Impact on Producers


  • Juarez, M.I.


The objective is to present the economic impact of producers adopting Bt cotton and the rapid diffusion on the main producing countries: USA, China and India. The existing literature about this type of transgenic crop has been revised and the results of different research are presented. Bt cotton varieties have been quickly adopted by the countries in this study. Data show that this technology helps reduce production losses and significantly decrease the use of pesticides, thus saving their cost and the associated labour cost. But the total cost reduction is weak due to the high prices of the seeds incorporating this technology.

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  • Juarez, M.I., 2008. "The Diffusion of Bt Cotton and the Economic Impact on Producers," 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium 43975, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaae08:43975

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    1. Matin Qaim & Arjunan Subramanian & Gopal Naik & David Zilberman, 2006. "Adoption of Bt Cotton and Impact Variability: Insights from India," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 28(1), pages 48-58.
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    Innovation diffusion; Bt cotton; Crop Production/Industries;

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