Mycotoxin Reduction in Bt Corn: Potential Economic, Health, and Regulatory Impacts

This paper describes an integrated assessment model that analyzes the economic and health impacts of two mycotoxins in corn: fumonisin and aflatoxin

Felicia Wu

2006

Scholarcy highlights

  • Modified Bt corn, through the pest protection that it confers, has lower levels of mycotoxins: toxic and carcinogenic chemicals produced as secondary metabolites of fungi that colonize crops
  • The reduction of mycotoxins afforded by Bt corn is significant enough to have an economic impact, both in terms of domestic markets and international trade
  • This paper describes an integrated assessment model that analyzes the economic and health impacts of two mycotoxins in corn: fumonisin and aflatoxin
  • It was found that excessively strict standards of these two mycotoxins could result in global trade losses in the hundreds of millions $US annually, with the US, China, and Argentina suffering the greatest losses
  • PF Dowd The involvement of arthropods in the establishment of mycotoxigenic fungi under field conditions KK Sinha D Bhatnagar Mycotoxins in Agriculture and Food Safety Marcel Dekker New York

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