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Americans more skeptical of GMOs now than in 2016, Pew report shows

Americans are closely divided over whether genetically modified foods are worse for one’s health than foods that are not genetically modified, according to a new Pew Research Center report.

About half of U.S. adults (49%) say foods containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients are worse for one’s health than foods containing no GM ingredients, while a slightly smaller share (44%) thinks foods with GM ingredients are neither better nor worse for one’s health ….

The survey finds a 10-percentage-point increase in the share of adults who say foods with GM ingredients are worse for one’s health from a 2016 Pew Research Center survey, when the share was 39%. The uptick in concern has come primarily among those with low levels of science knowledge; there has been no shift in this belief among those with high levels of science knowledge (based on a nine-item index of factual knowledge across a range of topics).

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Roughly three-in-ten Americans (31%) say it’s very likely that GM foods will increase the food supply and 25% say it’s very likely these foods will result in more affordably priced food. About four-in-ten or more consider each of these possibilities “fairly likely.”

At the same time, about a quarter of U.S. adults (24%) say GM foods are very likely to lead to problems for public health, while 21% say it’s very likely that these foods will create problems for the environment.

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