Publisher : The Korean Society of Grassland and Forage Science
DOI : 10.5333/KGFS.2015.35.4.303
Title & Authors
Estimating Farmers' Willingness to Cultivate Genetically Modified Rice and Grass for Feed in Korea Kim, Seung Gyu; Ryu, Jin; Jung, Jae-Won; Sung, Myung-Hwan; Kim, Tae-Kyun;
Cultivating genetically modified (GM) crops is believed to be a practical solution to meet the increasing food demand, but GM crops are not legal in Korea mainly due to food safety issues. Even though the general public might not be ready to consume GM food, GM crops are imported and consumed as food and feed. To analyze farmers's willingness to grow GM crops for feed, a survey was conducted among crop farmers and 640 valid responses were collected by mail. In the questionnaire, the farmers were asked to select either 'yes' or 'no' if they were willing or not willing to cultivate GM rice and GM grass, respectively, under the given hypothetical income increase rate (i.e., 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, 60%, or 70%). Logit regression was used to estimate the two dichotomous choices by explanatory variables including hypothetical income increase rate. The results show that farmers are willing to cultivate GM rice and grass when their income is expected to increase by 47% and 43%, respectively.
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