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Record ID
115019
Status
Published
Date of creation
2019-05-28 23:00 UTC (cjg072@mail.usask.ca)
Date of publication
2019-07-04 20:08 UTC (austein.mcloughlin@cbd.int)

General Information
Title
Regulatory System Impacts on Global GM Crop Adoption Patterns
Author
Savannah Gleim, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Stuart J. Smyth, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Peter W. B. Phillips, Johnson-Shoyama School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Author’s contact information
Contact author: Stuart Smyth, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Sask., S7N 5A8, Canada; email: stuart.smyth@usask.ca
Language(s)
  • English
Publication date
2016-11-02
Subject
Summary, abstract or table of contents
When GM crops were first commercialized, science-based risk assessments and regulations were applied to ensure food (human and animal) and environmental safety. Early adopting countries were Argentina, Canada, China, Europe and the United States. Over the intervening 20 years, commercial production spread to an additional 25 countries. With 20 years of adoption history, it is possible to assess if the diffusion of regulations away from a primarily science-based approach has impacted not only the adoption of GM crops, but also the diffusion of specific GM traits.
By assessing GM crop adoption patterns it is possible to gain insights into the relationship between regulatory systems and adoption. To do this an analysis of adoption patterns has been utilized. The objective of the analysis is to look for differences and trends in GM crop adoption across traits, countries and years of diffusion. Timelines of adoption are used to show the correlation between regulatory systems and adoption. This analysis provides insights into whether market saturation points are shortening or lengthening, whether familiarity with traits is reducing regulatory timelines and whether the diffusion curve plateaus or trails off over time. Determining the impact regulations have on GM crop adoption provides both regulators and industry development firms with valuable information on the efficiency of GM crop regulations over time.
Thematic areas
Additional Information
Type of resource
  • Article (journal / magazine / newspaper)
Identifier
http://purl.umn.edu/253071
Publisher and its location
The Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy
Format
22 Pages
PDF
Source
Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, Volume 17 Number 2 2016/pp. 96-116
Keywords and any other relevant information
Early adopters, innovation, science-based regulation, socio- economic considerations, technology diffusion