Investment matters when it comes to gains in economic productivity over time – even in the cornfield.

In an earlier post, we quoted Klaus Ammann's investigation of maize yields and the differences between the United States and Europe in improvement in these yields over time.This post provides an update of this story, showing encouraging recent progress in…

A sustainability gap needing to be filled by farm innovation

Global Harvest Initiative GAP report 2010A new report has come out which explains why agricultural innovation is important for conserving resources and benefiting the global environment.It does this by showing that we need improvements in what economists call total factor…

Biodiversity world tour event at Nagoya Japan –save forest for nature by working from the ground up not top-down

GMO Pundit participated in a session running in parallel with the conference of parties (COP) biodiversity discussions that occurred last week in Nagoya, Japan. He had an opportunity to frame some points to make to the delegates who are interested…

Developing countries would not gain if they imposed bans on GM crop imports: the consumer loss to Asian and Sub-Saharan African farmers is far more than the small gain in terms of greater market access to the EU

Economic Impacts of Policies Affecting Crop Biotechnology and Trade- Kym Anderson, New Biotechnology (in Press), full paper athttp://web.services.adelaide.edu.au/cies/publications/present/CIES_DP1012.pdfAgricultural biotechnologies, and especially transgenic crops, have the potential to boost food security in developing countries by offering higher incomes for farmers and…

Journalists always look at things differently– especially farm economics

It pays not to cultivate GM crops, survey findsBy Steve Connor, Science EditorFriday, 8 OctoberUK IndependentThe first economic analysis of growing genetically modified crops on a wide scale has found that the biggest winners were the farmers who decided not…

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