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Genetically Modified Wheat

Part V. Genetically Modified Wheat

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Growers’ perceptions of the extent to which the requirement that growers sign “Technology Use Agreements” (that prohibit the saving and replanting of seed) would influence their decision about planting genetically modified crops.
Very high
Somewhat high
Somewhat low
Very low to
no influence
Extent of influence 12.5 12.7 18.2 15.0 41.6


Percentage of growers who agree/disagree with the decision by a private firm to suspend a request for government approval for the sale of Roundup Ready® wheat seed.
Agree 47.4% Disagree 52.6%


Of those who agreed Of those who disagreed
Hope that non-GM herbicide tolerant wheat will be developed in the future 29.9 Roundup Ready® wheat seed is a technology that farmers currently need 70.7
Hope that approval for Roundup Ready® wheat seed will be sought in future 27.1 A non-GM herbicide tolerant wheat is needed in the near future. 18.1
Hope that approval for Roundup Ready® wheat seed will not be sought in the future 14.0 Roundup Ready® wheat seed is unnecessary technology 3.2
Other viewpoints 29.0 Other viewpoints 8.0


Percentage of growers who would consider planting genetically modified wheat varieties on their farms.
Yes 65.8% No 34.2%


Of those who would consider Of those who would not consider
Reasons For Considering % Reasons For Not Considering %
GM wheat has traits that would reduce input costs 49.2 Too many uncertainties in the market 63.6
GM wheat would make management easier 22.7 Too many issues with liability and patent ownership 10.3
GM wheat has specific end-user traits that would result in a price premium 15.3 Too many uncertainties about the environmental effects 7.9
Other reasons 12.8 Other reasons 18.2

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