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Document ID (ISN)104678
CIS number 06-153
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hossain F., Pray C.E., Lu Y., Huang J., Fan C., Hu R.
Title Genetically modified cotton and farmers' health in China
Bibliographic information July-Sep. 2004, Vol.10, No.3, p.296-303. Illus. 8 ref.
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Abstract This study provides the first evidence of a direct link between the adoption of a genetically modified crop and improvements in human health. Estimation of the impact of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton adoption on pesticide use 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.
Descriptors (primary) China; cotton farming; agriculture; state of health; pesticides; genetically modified organisms
Descriptors (secondary) pesticide poisoning
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceChina; USA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Agricultural chemicals