Friday, February 20, 2004

GM Nation? exaggerated opposition to GM

Researchers at University of East Anglia have concluded that the UK government's GM Nation? consultation exercise exaggerated the degree to which the public opposed GM crops. The problem was that the public meeting format tended to attract those who already had an opinion - mostly anti-GM - rather than those who had an open mind.

The whole idea of asking the public to make what are essentially scientific judgements was doomed from the start. They could not be asked "Is this safe?", because they do not know. So, they were asked, "Do you get the impression that this is safe?" instead. Which really reflects the way it has already been discussed, not the facts of the matter.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | GM opposition 'was overestimated', 19 February 2004

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