Biotech Updates

GMO Compass Quick Survey: Public Opinion on GM Changing

May 9, 2008

A quick online survey conducted by GMO Compass, a website by independent science journalists and supported by the European Union within the European Commission’s Sixth Framework Program, reveals that over 80% of its respondents (5435) voted for European agriculture to use all available technologies including genetic engineering and biotechnology if negative effects on the environment could be ruled out and positive effects on world nutrition were possible. Slightly more believed that GM plants could be regarded as an option to achieving increased yields while protecting the environment.

While noting that the survey was not representative enough it nevertheless gave a ‘momentary picture of public opinion’. GMO Compass, noted that “we do see evidence that the mood is changing. People are aware of global challenges and the need to react to them appropriately.”

See the GMO Compass release at