Agricultural Economics Department


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Published in Cornhusker Economics, 11/30/2005. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


The introduction of genetically modified (GM) products into the food system has been a contentious issue eliciting divergent responses from the major players in the agri-food sector. While farmers have been embracing the agronomic benefits associated with the first generation of producer-oriented GM products, an increasing number of consumers have been raising objections to food containing GM ingredients in major markets around the world. Consumer reaction to GM products is founded on health, environmental, ethical and/or philosophical concerns, and has impaired the potential of agricultural biotechnology.