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Information Policy And Genetically Modified Food: Weighing The Benefits And Costs

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  • Teisl, Mario F.
  • Caswell, Julie A.

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The labeling of genetically modified foods (GMFs) is the topic of a debate that could dramatically alter the structure of the U.S. and international food industry. The current lack of harmonization of policy across countries makes GMF labeling an international trade issue. The U.S. and Canada do not require GMFs to be labeled unless the GMF is significantly different than the conventional food or the GMF presents a health concern. However, many other countries are requiring GMFs to be labeled. This paper discusses empirical work on the sources and magnitude of benefits and costs from labeling programs, with particular emphasis on the impact of the design of the labeling program on benefits and costs.

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  • Teisl, Mario F. & Caswell, Julie A., 2003. "Information Policy And Genetically Modified Food: Weighing The Benefits And Costs," Working Paper Series 14534, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Resource Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:umamwp:14534
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.14534
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    1. Bodo Steiner & Fei Gao & Jim Unterschultz, 2010. "Alberta Consumers’ Valuation of Extrinsic and Intrinsic Red Meat Attributes: A Choice Experimental Approach," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d'agroeconomie, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society/Societe canadienne d'agroeconomie, vol. 58(2), pages 171-189, June.
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    Keywords

    Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies;

    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General
    • Q10 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - General

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