Ag economist Paul Mitchell in national news spotlight for Bt corn research

Paul Mitchell, associate professor of agricultural & applied economics, received a good deal of national media attention recently for his role in an innovative, multi-state research study on Bt corn, which showed that the majority of the economic benefits of Bt corn go to growers who don’t plant it.

Mitchell conducted the economic analysis for the study, published in the Oct. 8 issue of Science, and was subsequently featured in an Examiner article, which called this phenomenon a “halo effect”; in a Salon story that described Bt corn as “good neighbor” corn; and in a Los Angeles news story and blog post.

This study was the first to consider the economic benefits of area-wide pest suppression by Bt corn and the subsequent economic benefits to growers of non-transgenic crops.