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Dynamics of GMO Adoption Among Wisconsin Farmers
Staff Paper Series No. 4, November 2000
by Lucy Chen and Frederick Buttel

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In this paper we will discuss how the impressive momentum behind GM crop adoption in the U.S. was interrupted in 1999 and early 2000. The events of 1999 and 2000 have suggested the possibility that there could be a de-adoption pattern for GM crops as startling as the steep adoption curves from 1996 to 1998 were. While we now know, based on the 30 June 2000 USDA data release on GMO crop plantings that there has not been any major national de-adoption thrust for GM soybeans and the gross trend for Bt corn has been toward a minor degree of de-adoption, the controversy, debate,and uncertainty about GM crop adoption levels suggest the need to study patterns of GM variety use and non-use. In this paper we examine the results of a panel study of Wisconsin corn and soybean producers in order to uncover some of the microdynamics of GM crop adoption.

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