On balance, respondents think that consumers are becoming more
receptive to genetically modified food. Sentiment appears to be
shifting in the developed world, certain parts of which, for
example the EU, have shown firm resistance to GMOs over the
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Respondents recognise that in the poorer and less developed
parts of the world people do not have the same luxury of choice
between genetically modified food and conventionally grown crops
and are simply concerned about having enough food to survive.
Respondents indicate that attitudes towards genetically modified
produce have certainly changed in recent years with a greater use
of GMOs in animal feeds. Genetically modified soya is now thought
to be prevalent within the industry.
Respondents believe that a lack of information about GMOs is at
the heart of consumers' concerns. From an environmental
perspective, respondents state that the public need to be better
educated about the use of genetically modified farming and
agriculture, particularly as it can lead to hardier and more
weather resistant crops that rely less on chemicals to withstand
the effects of pests and disease.
Despite this, there is still considerable debate in the
developed world about GMOs, as illustrated by the heated
discussions over the necessity of labelling in North America and
recent legislative developments in one US state requiring the
labelling of genetically engineered foods. Opponents to this form
of agriculture say that labelling should not be necessary if GMOs
are absolutely safe.
Respondents suggest that there will be an increase in the use of
genetically modified foods or inputs. Only a small proportion (9
per cent) believe that there will be a decrease.
Respondents note that with global population growth,
urbanisation and the expanding middle classes, supply will simply
not be able to meet demand unless radical changes are made to
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