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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2007

Consumer benefits of labels and bans on GM foods-choice experiments with Swedish consumers

Carlsson F, Frykblom P, Lagerkvist CJ


The European Union has been relatively cautious about using biotechnology in food production. A label regime combined with the right of individual member states to ban introduction of new genetically modified (GM) strains means that GM food products in effect are banned in many countries. We show how it is possible to empirically test whether a ban can be motivated by reference to potential negative externalities. This is followed up by results from a choice experiment. We cannot reject the hypothesis of equal WTP for a ban and a labeling scheme

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American Journal of Agricultural Economics
2007, volume: 89, number: 1, pages: 152-161

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics
Carlsson, Fredrik
Frykblom, Peter

UKÄ Subject classification

Food Science

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