The Methyl Bromide Ban: Economic Impacts on the California Strawberry Industry

Posted: 8 May 2006

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Colin A. Carter

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

James A. Chalfant

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Rachael E. Goodhue

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Frank M. Han

McKesson Corporation

Massi De Santis

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

California strawberry production accounts for 18% of total methyl bromide use in U.S. agriculture. Under the Montreal Protocol, methyl bromide was slated to be banned in the United States in 2005. A critical use exemption was obtained for U.S. agriculture for 2005 and 2006, but the phaseout of methyl bromide continues. We examine the ban's effects on the California strawberry industry, and on individual production regions in the state. Under the most likely scenario, industry revenue will decline by 6-17% due to the ban. The effects will differ by region, due to seasonal differences in demand and production, and the possibility of increased foreign competition.

Suggested Citation

Carter, Colin A. and Chalfant, James A. and Goodhue, Rachael E. and Han, Frank and De Santis, Massimiliano, The Methyl Bromide Ban: Economic Impacts on the California Strawberry Industry. Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 181-197, June 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=876704 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9353.2005.00220.x

Colin A. Carter (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

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James A. Chalfant

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States
530-752-9028 (Phone)

Rachael E. Goodhue

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States
916-754-7812 (Phone)
530-752-5614 (Fax)

Frank Han

McKesson Corporation ( email )

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San Francisco, CA 94104
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415-983-8300 (Phone)

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Massimiliano De Santis

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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