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Study Highlights Factors Affecting Public Acceptance of GM Food Crops in Ghana

January 10, 2024

Debates surrounding the adoption, use, and commercialization of genetically modified (GM) food crops have been the subject of discussions across different countries around the world. Thus, a study published in Food Safety and Health investigates the factors affecting the acceptance and rejection of GM crops in the Ghanaian populace.

The results of the study indicate that the major driver of the Ghanaian people's decision is safety concerns, particularly in human consumption, health, and the environment. The safer the GM crop, the more likely it will be accepted. Aside from safety concerns, the advantage of yield production and more flavorful GM food crops will likely influence their decision to support and accept GM crops in Ghana.

The paper amplifies the need for clear communication and active engagement with the Ghanaian populace to ensure the safety of GM crops. Stronger engagement among stakeholders, such as policymakers, media practitioners, religious communities, and agricultural cooperative leaders, will likely push for the acceptance, adoption, and commercialization of GM crops in Ghana.

For more information, read the journal article from Food Safety and Health.

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