‘Significant majority’ of consumers support status quo on GMO labeling, new survey reports

Despite contentious debate in some states regarding mandatory labeling of foods produced with biotechnology or genetically modified organisms (GMO) crops, a significant majority of consumers support the status quo, i.e., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s labeling policy. That is according to a new survey, “Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology,” released by the International Food Information Council (IFIC).

This new survey of 1,000 U.S. adult consumers was taken in early April. Results were weighted based on gender, age, race, education, region, income and marital status to be reflective of the U.S. population. Results can be reported at a 95 percent confidence level. This every-other-year survey has consistently shown for more than 16 years that, when made aware of the health and agronomic benefits of biotechnology, most Americans are receptive, indicating that accurate information about the technology is important to promoting informed food choices, reports the IFIC.

“When consumers understand the potential benefits that technology in food production can have for both people and the planet, they can get behind it. People need to know what is in it for them,” remarks Marianne Smith Edge, IFIC’s senior vice president of nutrition and food safety.

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