Two-thirds of Russians are unwilling to eat food containing genetically modified ingredients, according to a poll conducted by the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) and reported by the RIA Novosti news agency.

A significant proportion (45%) flatly rejects GM foods, while 23% are unlikely to consume them. Only 3% showed willingness to eat such foods and 4% said they did not care. 21% said they did not know what GM foodstuffs were.

Well-off respondents proved to be more likely to be unwilling to consume GM food than those regarding their financial standing as poor. The higher the educational level of the respondents is, the more often they say they will not eat GM foodstuffs. 95% of the respondents well-versed in the subject would not like to use GM food.

76% of VTsIOM-polled experts called for banning the growing of GM organisms in Russia until they are cleared as incapable of posing health and environmental hazard. 63% of them are all for the ban, with another 13% of them being "more likely to favour it than not". 16% of the experts polled were against banning the growing of genetically-modified organisms, including 10% "definitely against" doing so.