Biotechnology Adoption Over Time In the Presence of Non-Pecuniary Characteristics that Directly Affect Utility: A Derived Demand Approach

Biotechnology Adoption Over Time In the Presence of Non-Pecuniary Characteristics that Directly Affect Utility: A Derived Demand Approach

Nicholas E. Piggott and Michele C. MarraNorth Carolina State University Generally, new production technologies are adopted because they will increase profits, mostly due to lower production costs ceteris paribus. In the case of the first-generation crop biotechnologies, however, additional factors play a…

The Economic Realities, Sustainable Opportunities, and Technical Promises of Biofuels

The Economic Realities, Sustainable Opportunities, and Technical Promises of Biofuels

James S. McLarenStrathKirn¬ģ Inc. The supply of petroleum transportation fuels appears to be increasingly finite, while demand only continues to grow. This disparate situation leaves sole dependence on petroleum as a transportation fuel unattractive for many countries, including the United States. As…

Global Impact of Biotech Crops: Socio-Economic and Environmental Effects, 1996-2006

Global Impact of Biotech Crops: Socio-Economic and Environmental Effects, 1996-2006

Graham Brookes and Peter BarfootPG Economics Ltd., Dorchester, UK Genetically modified (GM) crops have been grown commercially on a substantial scale for eleven years. This paper updates the assessment of the impact this technology is having on global agriculture from both economic…

Performance of Tissue-Cultured Sweet Potatoes Among Smallholder Farmers in Zimbabwe

Performance of Tissue-Cultured Sweet Potatoes Among Smallholder Farmers in Zimbabwe

Edward MutandwaBindura University of Science Education, Africa Tissue culture has the potential of improving the livelihoods of subsistence farmers that largely rely on vegetatively propagated crops. This study assesses the impact of growing tissue-cultured sweet potatoes on yields and economic profitability among…