Britain divided over use of GM crops
Farmers and consumers in the United Kingdom remain divided over whether they should grow genetically modified (GM) crops and surveys aimed at determining what farmers really think show the dramatic division in opinions. A survey by Farmers Weekly, showed that the majority (61 percent) would grow GM crops if it were legal. However, a study from YouGov of UK consumers showed only 21 percent would support GM food.
Between the two surveys, 625 independent farmers and 2,301 consumers in the UK were surveyed. The surveys show that there is a wide gap between the attitudes of farmers vs. the attitudes of consumers in the UK about the use of GM crops.
Of the farmers questioned, 19 percent said the largest advantage to planting GM crops would be the reduced environmental impact, while 16 percent said it would put UK farmers on a level playing field with global farmers who grow them already.
On the flip side, consumers remain wary of GM crops. According to the surveys, 67 percent of UK adults would prefer to buy conventional food. However, only 24 percent would prefer to buy organic food.
Only 22 percent of consumers said they believed their government should be promoting the adoption of GM technology. Forty-three percent are completely against it.
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