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Bt Corn’s Reduction of Mycotoxins: Regulatory Decisions and Public Opinion

Felicia Wu
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Felicia Wu: University of Pittsburgh

Chapter Chapter 9 in Regulating Agricultural Biotechnology: Economics and Policy, 2006, pp 179-200 from Springer

Abstract: Abstract This chapter analyzes the impact of mycotoxins—toxic and carcinogenic chemicals produced by fungi—in corn, primarily in terms of global trade and health considerations to major corn exporters and importers. It then discusses the state of the evidence for genetically modified Bt corn reducing contamination levels of various mycotoxins, and the implications for human health and markets worldwide. Finally, it speculates on the role that mycotoxin reduction may or may not play in regulatory decisions on commercialization and trade of Bt corn, both today and in the future.

Keywords: mycotoxins; Bt corn; international regulation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-36953-2_9

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