Survey: Most Americans Remain Confused About GMOs

Most Americans remain confused about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but want to learn more about the technology, according to a survey by YouGov.

The survey, conducted online in September 2018 and participated by 1,213 American adults, showed the following key findings:

  • 69% of consumers are not confident they know what GMOs are, and less than a third of Americans (32%) say they are comfortable with the use of GMOs in their food products.
  • Roughly 3 in 5 Americans are interested in learning more about GMOs.
  • 74% want to learn more about GMOs' impact on their overall health.
  • 67% are interested in learning more about the overall safety of GMOs.
  • 43% of consumers believe that food (in general) sold in the US is safe for consumption

"Despite GMOs being part of our food supply for almost a quarter of a century, and global scientific consensus on the health and safety of this technology, Americans remain as confused as ever about how GMOs impact their lives and the world around them," said Michael Stebbins, Director of External Engagement for the Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI) and GMO Answers spokesperson. However, it was also emphasized that concern and confusion are not equal to to rejection, as the survey finds that nearly the same number of respondents are interested to know more about GMOs.

Read more from GMO Answers.


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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