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Environmental Concerns and Willingness to Pay for Genomic Technologies in the Canadian Dairy Industry

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dc.contributor.advisor Hailu, Getu
dc.contributor.advisor Lee, Yu Na Jones, Katherine 2018-05-09T18:28:19Z 2018-05-09T18:28:19Z 2018-05 2018-05-04 2018-05-09
dc.description.abstract Meeting the ever-increasing demand for food and tackling climate change are challenges that contemporary agriculture is facing. Recent advances in genomic selection suggest that producers may be able to select for productivity-enhancing and reduced greenhouse gas emission traits simultaneously. Using a 2017 survey of Canadian dairy farmers, this thesis examines the effects of the extent of dairy produces’ concerns about greenhouse gas emissions on the willingness to pay for genomic selection for increased feed efficiency and reduced methane emissions. Producers’ willingness to pay for the technology is elicited using a double bound contingent valuation method. The results show that producers are willing to pay for the trait of increased feed efficiency, and the trait of reduced methane emissions when bundled with an increased feed efficiency trait. The finding of the study has important implications for Canada’s food security strategy and efforts to meet its global environmental commitment. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship I gratefully acknowledge funding by the Efficient Dairy Genome Project, funded by Genome Canada (Ottawa, Canada), Genome Alberta (Calgary, Canada), Ontario Genomics (Toronto, Canada), Alberta Ministry of Agriculture (Edmonton, Canada), Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (Toronto, Canada), Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (Guelph, Canada), Canadian Dairy Network (Guelph, Canada), GrowSafe Systems (Airdrie, Canada), Alberta Milk (Edmonton, Canada), Victoria Agriculture (Australia), Scotland's Rural College (Edinburgh, UK), USDA Agricultural Research Service (United States), Qualitas AG (Switzerland), Aarhus University (Denmark). en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject dairy en_US
dc.subject genomics en_US
dc.subject willingness to pay en_US
dc.subject environmental concerns en_US
dc.subject feed efficiency en_US
dc.title Environmental Concerns and Willingness to Pay for Genomic Technologies in the Canadian Dairy Industry en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics en_US

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