Are Americans Getting Any Wiser About GM Foods?
March 14, 2006
Americans are divided on the issue of Genetically Modified (GM) foods, but they have become somewhat more wary of them over the last three years.
Rising Perception of Risk
The perception of the risks of GM foods, according to a survey, increased from 5.4 (on a scale of 1 to 10) three years ago to 6.1 in the most recent survey. In the same period, support for biotech foods fell from a high of 5.6 in 2003 to 5.2 last year.
Different Groups See GM Foods Differently
Republicans showed more support for GM foods than other political groups, and men and Caucasians perceived somewhat less risk than women and non-Caucasians did. Both state and national surveys showed roughly the same results.
More than two-thirds of the food in U.S. markets contains at least some GM ingredients.