AgBioForum

Description: AgBioForum focuses on the interactions of agrobiotechnology with economics and with sociopolitical processes, publishing articles reporting on current research. Both invited and submitted referred contributions are published. AgBioForum is committed to providing a space where academics, private and public sector analysts, and decision makers can present timely scientific evidence to enrich the ongoing public debate regarding the economic and social impacts of agricultural biotechnology.

AgBioForum is supported by the Illinois Missouri Biotechnology Alliance, which is supported by a Congressional Special Grant to provide funding for University biotechnology research.
Publisher: University of Missouri
Date of publication: 1998-
Frequency: Quarterly

Collections in this community

Recent Submissions

  • Towards genetically engineered crops in Ghanaian agriculture : confined field trials and the 'next-door neighbor effect' theory 

    Agorsor, Israel D. K.; Yafetto, Levi; Otwe, Emmanuel P.; Galyuon, Isaac K. A. (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2016)
    Genetically engineered (GE) crops have a role to play in increasing agricultural productivity. However, efforts to promote genetic engineering agriculture in Africa have been met with some amount of resistance. Here, we ...
  • But what do rural consumers in Africa think about GM food? 

    De Groote, Hugo; Gitonga, Zachary M.; Kimenju, Simon C.; Keter, Fredric; Ngigi, Obadiah (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2016)
    So far, few African countries have accepted genetically modified (GM) crops, despite their high potential for increasing food production. The opinion of African consumers is missing in the debate, especially of those in ...
  • Can science and geneticsliteracy affect student perception of genetically modified organisms? 

    Nunez, Gerardo H.; Kovaleski, Alisson P.; Casamali, Bruno; Darnell, Rebecca L. (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2016)
    Observational studies have shown that educational attainment is related to heightened consumer perception of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically modified food (GMF). However, there is little information ...
  • Colorado residents trusted sources of agricultural, biotechnology, and food information 

    Martin, Michael J.; Hill, Rebecca L.; Van Sandt, Anders; Thilmany, Dawn D. (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2016)
    This research examines the trusted sources for information related to agriculture, biotechnology, and food quality, nutrition, and safety. We use correlation analysis and differences in means tests to explore trust levels ...
  • The cost of a GMO-free market basket of food in the United States 

    Goodwin, Barry K.; Marra, Michele C.; Piggott, Nicholas E. (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2016)
    We examine the consumer cost consequences of choosing GMO-free food over food that contains GMOs. Using text-mining algorithms applied to detailed product descriptions contained in a proprietary database of individual GMO ...
  • Patent characteristics and patent ownership change in agricultural biotechnology 

    Gjonça, Etleva; Yiannaka, Amalia (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2016)
    We examine the effect of various patent characteristics on changes in patent ownership that occurred due to mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs in the agricultural biotechnology industry in the 1980s and 1990s. Our goal ...
  • Whether the research anticommons? 

    Lesser, William (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2016)
    Fifteen years ago, the ‘tragedy of the anticommons’ article warned that excessive patenting of biotech products and research methods could deter rather than stimulate invention, but little evidence was offered. Here, ...
  • Willingness to pay for organic food products and organic purity: experimental evidence 

    Strzok, Jesse L.; Huffman, Wallace E. (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2015)
    The market for organic products has grown rapidly over the past decade, and such products are now available not only in specialty stores but also in large grocery stores, supermarkets, and big-box super stores. The objective ...
  • Does the packaging make the product? Identifying consumers’ preference for “natural” in packaging 

    Grebitus, Carola; Jensen, Helen H.; Roosen, Jutta; Sebranek, Joseph G. (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2015)
    Today's consumer is interested in safe food products and foods with "natural" ingredients. The main objective of this study was to determine consumers' purchasing decisions for ground beef labeled with different packaging ...
  • Consumer preferences, ecolabels, and effects of negative environmental information 

    Chen, Xianwen; Alfnes, Frode; Rickertsen, Kyrre (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2015)
    Consumers prefer ecolabeled products. However, little is known about the effects of ecolabels when consumers are simultaneously exposed to negative environmental information about the ecolabeled products. We conducted a ...
  • Fifteen years of experimental auctions of GM foods: what have we learned about policy, preferences, and auction design? 

    Rousu, Matthew C. (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2015)
    It was a coincidence that GM foods became ubiquitous at the same time that researchers started using experimental auctions to study consumer preferences for food products. We explore the history of experimental auctions ...
  • The loss from underutilizing GM technologies 

    Zilberman, David; Kaplan, Scott; Wesseler, Justus (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2015)
    This article introduces a framework based on a real-option approach to assess the economics of delaying the introduction of genetically modified (GM) technologies in agriculture due to concerns about their unintended effects ...
  • Testing the Induced Innovation Hypothesis: accounting for innovation creation and innovation implementation incentives 

    Shumway, C. Richard; Cowan, Benjamin W.; Lee, Daegoon (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2015)
    Despite extensive empirical literature on the induced innovation hypothesis in US agriculture, this article reports only the second set of tests for this industry that account for supply as well as demand for new input-saving ...
  • Why do US corn yields increase? The contributions of genetics, agronomy, and policy instruments 

    Smith, Stephen; Kurtz, Brad (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2015)
    Much of the future quality of life will depend upon improved abilities to sustainably increase agricultural production while maintaining eco-system services and supporting conservation of natural diversity. Some lessons ...
  • Mechanized agriculture: machine adoption, farm size, and labor displacement 

    Schmitz, Andrew; Moss, Charles B. (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2015)
    Mechanization in such countries as the United States and Canada has dramatically reshaped the agricultural landscape since the time of early settlement. The introduction of new technologies—such as the mechanical tomato ...
  • The impact of maternal occupation and pre-pregnancy weight status on childhood obesity 

    Schuring, Jessica (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2015)
    Matched mother/child data from the 2008 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth are used to estimate how child, maternal, and household characteristics—including the mother’s occupation and pre-pregnancy weight status—affect ...
  • Survey evidence on legal and illegal Hispanic immigrants’ perceptions of living and working in US agriculture 

    Colson, Gregory; Melo, Grace; Ramirez, Octavio A. (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2015)
    This study presents survey evidence on legal and illegal Hispanic immigrants’ perceptions of living and working in the United States. Three key findings emerge that present a negative outlook for the agricultural industry ...
  • Immigration and farm labor: challenges and opportunities 

    Martin, Philip (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2015)
    Hired workers do most of the work on US farms; three-fourths of these workers were born abroad, and most are unauthorized. This article assesses the current state of the labor market for hired workers in fruit and vegetable ...
  • Eighty years of research on rural economic development, agglomeration, migration, commuting, income, innovation, and entrepreneurship: the Iowa state human capital tradition 

    Artz, Georgeanne M.; Cho, Insoo; Guo, Zizhen; Kim, Younjun; Orazem, Peter F.; Yu, Li (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2015)
    Wallace Huffman continued the tradition of research on Midwest rural labor markets at Iowa State University that was begun in the 1930s by his advisers T.W. Schultz and D. Gale Johnson. We review the lessons learned from ...
  • Introduction: essays in honor of Wallace Huffman 

    Orazem, Peter F.; Traxler, Greg; Kalaitzandonakes, Nicholas (University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, 2015)
    This introduction relates how Wallace Huffman went from a farm boy in southern Iowa to Iowa State University and the University of Chicago, and then brought the human capital approach of T.W. Schultz and D. Gale Johnson ...

View more