African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6849

Full Length Research Paper

Biotechnology in agriculture: The perception of farmers on the inclusion of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in agricultural production

Nathalie Hamine Panzarini
  • Nathalie Hamine Panzarini
  • Department of Production Engineering, Federal University of Technology ? Paraná (UTFPR), Av Monteiro Lobato, s/n - Km 04 CEP 84016-210 - Ponta Grossa ? PR, Brazil.
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Juliana Vitoria Messias Bittencourt
  • Juliana Vitoria Messias Bittencourt
  • Department of Production Engineering, Federal University of Technology ? Paraná (UTFPR), Av Monteiro Lobato, s/n - Km 04 CEP 84016-210 - Ponta Grossa ? PR, Brazil
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Eloiza Aparecida Silva de Avila Matos
  • Eloiza Aparecida Silva de Avila Matos
  • Department of Production Engineering, Federal University of Technology ? Paraná (UTFPR), Av Monteiro Lobato, s/n - Km 04 CEP 84016-210 - Ponta Grossa ? PR, Brazil
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Priscila Arcoverde Wosiack
  • Priscila Arcoverde Wosiack
  • State University of Ponta Grossa (UEPG), Brazil
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  •  Received: 11 November 2014
  •  Accepted: 22 January 2015
  •  Published: 12 February 2015

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the perceptions and attitudes towards biotechnology in the insertion of genetically modified (GM) crop production. The data analyzed in this article were obtained through qualitative research, via a semi-structured questionnaire administered in June 2014, with 20 associated cooperatives of farmers at Campos Gerais region. It was found, from the speech of farmers, there are advantages and disadvantages of biotechnology in agriculture, and all point to transgenic technology as a necessary and essential for increasing productivity and reducing the cost of production. On the other hand, the monopoly of seeds and inputs companies was identified as the main disadvantage of the insertion of biotechnology in agriculture. All farmers pointed insurance transgenic and research that prove the risks to human health are few and delayed.

 

Key words: Biotechnology, farmers, perception.