Scientists Explain Why People are Drawn to Oppose GMOs

Why does opposition to biotechnology continue to spread? This was answered by Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists from Ghent University using cognitive science in their paper published in Trends in Plant Science.

According to the authors, the human brain is highly susceptible to negative representations, especially those that appeal to emotions, which are used by biotech critics in their campaigns. People use intuitive reasoning in their perception about GMOs, which are based on folk biology, teleological and intentional intuitions and disgust. Thus, people refuse to adopt sustainable solutions on the issue.

Read the highlights of the report in Trends in Plant Science.


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)

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