People who know the least about GM crops think they know the most

A recent study found that the most extreme opposition to genetically modified crops comes from people who understand the least about the science, but think they know the most, AND are the least willing to learn new information. 

This phenomenon, sadly, isn’t unique to agriculture. But while many issues are more one-sided, GM foods face strong opposition from both sides of the political spectrum. Furthermore, people may have reservations about GM foods for health reasons, environmental reasons, or both.

The result is that somewhere between 50 per cent and 90 per cent of us — depending on which studies you read — are somewhat skeptical of genetically modified foods. This is despite the fact that numerous health and scientific organizations have clearly stated that the foods pose no risk. Take this quote from the American Medical Association, for example:

“There is no scientific justification for special labeling of genetically modified foods. Bioengineered foods have been consumed for close to 20 years, and during that time, no overt consequences on human health have been reported and/or substantiated in the peer-reviewed literature.”

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