Do European Union Farmers Reject Genetically Modified Maize? Farmer Preferences for Genetically Modified Maize in Greece
An article published in The Journal of Agrobiotechnology Management & Economics, Volume 15//Number 3//Article 2
Theodoros Skevas, Wageningen University
Enoch M. Kikulwe, Georg-August-University of Goettingen
Helen Papadopoulou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Ioannis Skevas, Wageningen University
Justus Wesseler, Technische Universität München
The new EU proposal (IP/10/921) states that bans on genetically modified (GM) crops should not be based on environmental and health grounds, and it proposes a set of alternative reasons—including public order and morals—that can be cited by member states. This reveals the increasing importance of stakeholders’ attitudes in GM crops’ release decisions. This article analyzes farmers’ attitudes and perceptions toward GM maize based on a survey of large-area Greek farmers in Northeastern Greece. A considerable number of respondents (61%) would adopt GM maize if Greece lifts the ban on GM maize cultivation. This result opposes recent findings from countries strongly opposing GM crops (such as France and Hungary), where bans are in line with the majority view of farmers. The ban is against what the majority of large-area farmers in Greece would choose if allowed.