USA: Consumer awareness of Genetically Modified foods may be taking root; poll finds public confidence in government regulators mixed
Americans are more aware of genetically modified food than they were six months ago, but confidence in the ability of government regulators to manage these products is mixed, according to a Zogby International poll released today by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology. More than half of poll respondents (55 percent) reported they had heard a 'great deal' or 'some' about genetically modified foods sold in grocery stores, with those in the West polling highest (61 percent). The national level of awareness is a notable increase (of 11 percent) from an earlier study conducted for the Initiative by the Mellman Group/Public Opinion Strategies 6 months earlier, when less than half (44 percent) of respondents reported hearing a 'great deal' or 'some' about genetically modified foods.
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