U.S. Consumers not sure about GM foods

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BIGresearch, an American research company, just released findings
about US consumers and genetically modified products.

In a study conducted...

BIGresearch, an American research company, just released findings about US consumers and genetically modified products. In a study conducted in April 2001 on 5,638 American consumers, 30.1 per cent said they would not eat GM foods, 23 per cent said they would and 46.9 per cent were undecided. Regarding the safety of GM foods, 23.5 per cent of the panel think GM foods are safe, 21.6 per cent think they are not safe and 54.9 per cent did not know. "The large percentage of undecided individuals represents an opportunity for providing information to the general public on the social, legal, and ethical issues associated with genetically modified foods. Shortly, The Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will initiate a research effort to evaluate the information desired and needed by the public not only on genetically modified plants and animals, but on other social issues such as water quality, animal rights, livestock odours, waste disposal, foreign ownership of farms and radiated foods"​, said William Flinn, Ph.D., a member of the faculty at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. "Based upon preliminary results, the verdict is still out on the likelihood of the U.S. public consuming genetically modified foods. This global controversy is in need of more research and analysis to enable the public, government and business sectors to understand its policy ramifications"​, said Joe Pilotta, Ph.D., vice president of BIGresearch. Source: BIGresearch

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