Most Americans remain confused about genetically modified organisms (GMOs),
but want to learn more about the technology, according to a survey by
The survey, conducted online in September 2018 and participated by 1,213
American adults, showed the following key findings:
. 69% of consumers are not confident they know what GMOs are, and
less than a third of Americans (32%) say they are comfortable with the use
of GMOs in their food products.
. Roughly 3 in 5 Americans are interested in learning more about
. 74% want to learn more about GMOs' impact on their overall health.
. 67% are interested in learning more about the overall safety of
. 43% of consumers believe that food (in general) sold in the US is
safe for consumption
"Despite GMOs being part of our food supply for almost a quarter of a
century, and global scientific consensus on the health and safety of this
technology, Americans remain as confused as ever about how GMOs impact their
lives and the world around them," said Michael Stebbins, Director of
External Engagement for the Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI) and
GMO Answers spokesperson. However, it was also emphasized that concern and
confusion are not equal to to rejection, as the survey finds that nearly the
same number of respondents are interested to know more about GMOs.