Crop Biotech Update

UK Food Standards Agency Published Report Exploring Attitudes to GM Food

November 27, 2009

A commissioned work on Exploring Attitudes to GM Food by the Food Standards Agency was recently published. The study was carried out by the National Centre for Social Research which complements a series of questions on food technologies including GM foods in the British Social Attitudes Survey 2008 (BSA). The report explored why people hold particular views on GM food, how people's attitudes to GM food are formed, how people weigh up the risks and benefits associated with GM food, and the circumstances in which people change their views. Results of the study showed that there are different levels of understanding about GM food. Attitudes to GM food are complex and the risks and benefits of GM food are weighed up differently depending on the factors that underpin views.

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