BT CORN AND INSECT RESISTANCE: AN ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT OF REFUGES

Genetically engineered crops offer farmers a new option for controlling pests. The high efficacy of these pesticidal crops, combined with the potential for widespread adoption, has raised concerns that pest resistance may prematurely diminish their value. In response to these concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency requires resistance management plans. Current resistance management plans rely on a high-dose refuge strategy. This analysis extends the current framework for evaluating high-dose refuge strategies to include a measure of agricultural productivity and conventional pesticide use. The economic tradeoff relative to agricultural productivity, conventional pesticide use, and pest resistance is assessed when Bt corn is planted to control the European corn borer.


Issue Date:
2001-07
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Record Identifier:
http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/31156
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/31156
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 26, Number 1
Page range:
176-194
Total Pages:
19




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