A recent UK survey has concluded that the majority of consumers feel they do not have enough information to decide whether they would buy genetically modified foods or not.

58% of the 1000 people questioned in the survey, which was carried out by Nunwood Consulting Omnibus for The Grocer, said they would not buy GM foods. 33% said that they would buy GM foods, while the remainder said they were not sure.

74% of respondents said that they did not have enough information about GM foods.

The results were viewed very differently by opposing sides of the GM debate. Anti-GM groups, such as the Soil Association and Greenpeace, saw the survey as providing evidence that public opposition to GM foods is strong. GM supporters, however, thought that 33% in their favour was encouraging given the negative press that biotechnology receives.

This survey comes not long after a report by the Soil Association claimed that GM farming in the US has been an economic failure.

To view an earlier story about the Soil Association report click here.

To view an article about the reaction to this report by Monsanto, a GM seed producer, click here.