You might know that people in US overwhelmingly favor food producers to label food that contains genetically engineered ingredients. According to a new study 84% of respondents said they support mandatory labels. But what’s interesting is that nearly identical percentage around 80% in the same survey said they’d also want to see mandatory labels on food that contains DNA.
A study published last week in Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal reveals that 33% of respondents considered that the tomatoes without genetic modification “does not contain any genes ” and 32 % believe that ” vegetables do not contain DNA.”
The conclusion of the authors of the study is that “consumers think they know more than they know about genetically modified food” In fact, the authors say, “the findings question the usefulness of results from opinion polls as motivation for public policy surrounding GM food.” But that for sure doesn’t stop them from having strong opinions about genetically modified food.