This study explores the relationship of farmer attitudes and GM agriculture. A survey was conducted on 200 farmer adopters and non-adopters of GM crops within the counties of Madison, Macoupin, Jersey and Feyette in Illinois, USA on the perception of risk in relation to GM food production and current agricultural policies within the USA. Although national research indicates that larger yields are the most common reason for GM adoption, qualitative information suggest that the potential of GM crops to increase revenue per acre does not truly reflect all the concerns of modern farmers. For example, farmers who use GM seeds indicate that they constantly question the social impacts of their agricultural practices. As such, GM policies should be restructured as a political rationalization of both economic modelling and political theory because this research suggests that farmers' business decisions are utility calculations that consider economics without ignoring environmental and political contexts. Farmers' concerns about non-economic risks suggest that they need more information about GM crops and that governmental policies should respond to their interests, as they are more democratic or pluralistic than industry or consumer arguments.
|Publication Title||Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics|
|Author Address||Political Science Department and Environmental Sciences Program, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1453, USA. email@example.com|
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