Why are so many people still so skeptical of GMOs?

| | June 21, 2018
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[W]hy are so many people highly sceptical of GMOs? One reason could be non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Although they are perceived as trustworthy, some of their “facts” about GMOs are not sufficiently researched or are even blatantly false, leading to a spread of misinformation amongst the general public.

As the creators of the biotechnological tools which make GMOs possible, scientists are understandably highly supportive of their application. Economic and health benefits are discussed in numerous scientific reports, but the language used is complex and hardly accessible to the public. NGOs, on the other hand, design colourful infographics with less complex language. It is understandable that non-scientists would rather look at a well-designed leaflet than read a 20-page scientific report. This is a big problem science faces. Without the right means of communication, scientific findings fail to be appreciated by the average consumer. In the case of GMOs, competing companies capitalise on this lack of understanding to spark confusion and doubt in consumers.

Science should be accessible to everybody. In an era in which “fake news” can be spread so easily, science aims to provide factual statements. Translating findings from scientific lingo to a style which everybody understands is of the utmost importance. Making science more understandable ultimately makes it more accessible.

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