Title: Providing a framework for the analysis of the cultivation of genetically modified crops: The first Reference Document of the European GMO Socio-Economics Bureau
Citation: AGBIOFORUM vol. 19 no. 2 p. 112-119
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC99132
ISSN: 1522-936X
URI: http://www.agbioforum.org/v19n2/v19n2a03-kathage.htm
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: An increase in the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in the EU could have a number of socio-economic consequences for farmers, upstream and downstream industries, as well as consumers. The European GMO Socio-Economics Bureau (ESEB), composed of representatives of EU Member States, Norway and the European Commission, has compiled topics, indicators, methodological guidelines and potential data sources to carry out analyses of these socio-economic effects into a Reference Document entitled: "Framework for the socio-economic analysis of the cultivation of genetically modified crops". This paper describes the development and the findings of the Reference Document. The Reference Document provides a framework that is applicable to any GM crop that has been or might be grown in EU Member States. Almost 100 indicators, which range from farm adoption rates to consumer surplus, have been identified by the ESEB. The Reference Document found that evidence of impacts in the EU already exists for some crop/trait combinations both ex post and ex ante but that for most topics it is very limited. Methodologies have been developed by the scientific community for many of the topics and indicators, from simple partial budget analysis to complex aggregated models. It is concluded that while methodologies are available for many of the topics and indicators, the main constraint is a lack of data.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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