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Almost one-fifth of Canadians trust intuition over science on GMOs

| | September 22, 2016
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[The] Leger survey, [is] done for the Ontario Science Centre to mark Canada’s Science Literacy Week… The survey suggests [Canadians have] got a long way to go before we can consider ourselves science literate…

…[Nineteen] percent of us reports that, when it comes to forming opinions on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), we’d rather trust our “intuition” than consult the science. The same number, just 19 percent, agreed that GMOs are good for us. Although some people might have their own reasons for opposing GMOs, such as not wanting multinationals to have vast control over the food supply, researchers have found no ill effects from consuming them.

This survey, which included a representative sample of 1,578 Canadians, and was completed online, was designed as a way to test out science literacy in Canada…

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Even if Canadians are struggling to understand climate change, GMOs and vaccination, there’s a bright spot here: Millennials get it. Those aged 18 to 34 were most likely to agree that GMOs are fine, and to disagree that the science of global warming is unclear.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: A Shocking Number of Canadians Don’t Get Climate Change, Vaccines or GMOs

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