This study provides the first evidence of a direct link between the adoption of a genetically modified (GM) crop and improvements in human health. Estimation of the impact of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton adoption on pesticide use from data from a survey of cotton farmers in northern China, 1999-2001, showed that Bt cotton adoption reduced pesticide use. Assessment of a health-production function showed that predicted pesticide use had a positive impact on poisoning incidence. Taken together, these results indicate that the adoption of Bt cotton can substantially reduce the risk and the incidence of poisonings.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health|
|State||Published - 2004|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Genetically modified