Poll identifies top 10 questions on GMOs
The results of a new national survey, commissioned by GMO Answers and the Council for Biotechnology Information, identified the leading questions consumers have about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how the nation’s food is grown.
The survey was conducted in order to identify, for the first time, the top 10 questions consumers have about GMOs and to open up the conversation on biotechnology’s role in agriculture. Over the next several weeks, scientists, farmers, doctors and other experts will be answering one of the top 10 questions each week on the GMO Answers website and via Twitter.
Ipsos, a global market research company, conducted a national, random telephone survey of 1,006 American adults ages 18 and older. Participants were asked: The following are questions some people have asked about GMOs. Which of the following questions around the use of GMOs would you be most interested in having answered? From a list of 23 environmental, business and health-related questions regarding GMOs, respondents identified these questions as the top 10 they want answered:
- If GMOs cause cancer
- If GMOs are causing an increase in allergies
- If big companies are forcing farmers to grow GMOs
- If GMOs are increasing the price of food
- If GMOs are contaminating organic food crops
- Why long-term health studies aren’t conducted on GMO plants
- If GMOs are causing an increase in the use of pesticides
- Why GMO companies seem like they are so against labeling GMO foods.
- If GMOs are contributing to the death of bees and butterflies
- If livestock eat genetically modified grain, will there be GMOs in my meat
Among the questions not selected in the top 10, but have been the focus of conversations on GMO Answers include: if the development of GMOs is unnatural; if GMOs are causing gluten intolerance; if GMOs are contributing to obesity; if GMOs are contributing to infertility; if GMO companies are suing farmers; and if GMOS are contributing to the growth of super weeds.
Since its launch last year, more than 500 questions about GMOs, food and agriculture have been answered by experts on GMO Answers.
“A national dialogue is taking place about GMOs and it’s important for us to listen to the questions consumers are asking so we can provide the information to help address their concerns,” said Cathleen Enright, Ph.D., spokesperson for GMO Answers. “We are committed to transparency about how our food is grown, including an open discussion about GMOs. This is why we ask independent, third-party experts to answer these questions publicly. Our goal is to ensure consumers have the information they need to make up their own minds about GMOs.”
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