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Embedded Seed Technology and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions: A Meta-Analysis

Lanier Nalley, Michael Popp and Zara Niederman

Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 2013, vol. 45, 13

Abstract: Agriculture’s significant global contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has spurred consumer and retailer interest in GHG mitigation and may lead to incentive programs for producers to lessen GHG emissions. Along those lines, a producer choice is the use of embedded seed technology designed to enhance the marketable portion of yield through improved disease, weed, and pest management with the same or lower use of inputs. This article examines commonalities and differences across three recent studies on rice, sweet corn, and cotton, which addressed the impacts of embedded seed technology on yield, input use, and GHG emissions. Embedded seed technology can be any method of improving the physical or genetic characteristics of a seed. These seed enhancements can include physiological quality, vigor, and synchronicity (consistency across seedlings in time of emergence and size) through traditional breeding, hybrid breeding, or biotechnology.

Keywords: Environmental; Economics; and; Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.155428

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