Study Shows Consumer Perceptions and Knowledge of GMOs in Belgium
Consumer awareness, perceptions, and knowledge of GM in Belgium was investigated by Maggie Jo Pruitt from the University of Arkansas. The findings will be used to determine the need for different educational programs on GM products.
The results showed that the consumers recognized that GMOs are developed to produce higher yield and reduce costs with fewer negative effects on the environment. Several consumers claimed that the major reason behind the activism against GM was the fear of monopolistic corporations. Most of the respondents gave high regard for economic benefits than environmental or health risks. The consumers also expressed that there is a need for more efforts on science communication.
Read the research paper at http://uarkive.uark.edu:8080/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10826/1026/PRUITT-THESIS-2014.pdf?sequence=1
This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)