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The Economic and Environmental Benefits of Sheath Blight Resistance in Rice

Francis Tsiboe (), Lawton Lanier Nalley, Alvaro Durand, Greg Thoma and Aaron Shew ()

Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2017, vol. 42, issue 2

Abstract: The producer, consumer, and environmental impacts of a counterfactual of ShB-resistant rice production were calculated using data from U.S. county-level rice production in the Mid-South and simulated Sheath Blight (ShB) infection and yield-loss rates. Results indicate a $43 million increase in consumer surplus via ShB alleviation, with enough additional rice produced to feed 1.7 million people. A life cycle assessment (LCA) also shows that the counterfactual has lower environmental impacts than the status quo of ShB-prone rice production. These estimates provide important economic and environmental information to donors, policy makers, and breeding programs globally on the importance of increasing and maintaining genetic disease resistance.

Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; Crop Production/Industries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.257999

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