Americans mildly concerned about GM foods, but confused as to what they are

Less than 10% of adults were “very” or “extremely” concerned about genetically modified ingredients when market research company NPD Group last measured consumer attitudes in 2002. But according to a new study, the concern level of adults is now more than 20%. Overall, more than half of consumers expressed concern about GM ingredients.

The study, titled “Gauging GMO awareness and impact,” asked consumers to explain what the term “genetically modified organism” means. Commonly used words included “genetically altered,” “not natural,” and many simply said they did not know.

The study comes at a time when interest in GM ingredients is high. Several states have placed labeling initiatives on ballots calling for the labeling of foods containing GM ingredients. The NPD Group said news about the efforts may be a factor in the levels of concern regarding genetic modification.

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