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70 percent of consumers confused about GMOs, but may still embrace crop biotech

| October 4, 2018
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To better gauge and understand consumer perceptions of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) …..  a new public survey commissioned by GMO Answers ahead of Get to Know GMOs Month in October found that a majority of Americans aren’t confident that they know what GMOs are, and this lack of knowledge may be driving overall uncertainty and discomfort regarding the impact of GMOs on the environment.

However, it was also found that concern and confusion do not equate to rejection, as nearly the same number of Americans want to learn more about GMOs.

Key findings of the survey included:

–          Nearly 70% of consumers are not confident that they know what GMOs are, and 46% are confused about GMOs and their surrounding health and environment effects.

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–          51% are concerned about and 42% are confused about the impact GMOs have on the environment;

–          Roughly 60% of Americans are interested in learning more about GMOs;

–          74% want to learn more about the impact GMOs have on their overall health, and

–          67% are interested in learning more about the overall safety of GMOs.

“It’s clear Americans are confused and misinformed when it comes to GMOs. Yet, contrary to public perceptions, GMOs can actually reduce the environmental impact of farming and have other environmental benefits, such as helping to reduce food waste and improve air quality,” GMO Answers explained.

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