Biotechnology and the European public

George Gaskell, Nick Allum, Martin Bauer, John Durant, Agnes Allansdottir, Heinz Bonfadelli, Daniel Boy, Suzanne de Cheveigne, Bjorn Fjaestad, Jan M. Gutteling, Juergen Hampel, Erling Jelsoe, Jorge Correia Jesuino, Matthias Kohring, Nicole Kronberger, Cees Midden, Torben Hviid Nielsen, Andrzej Przestalski, Timo Rusanen, George SakellarisHelge Torgersen, Tomasz Twardowski, Wolfgang Wagner

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The latest European sample survey of public perceptions of biotechnology reveals widespread opposition to genetically modified (GM) food in much of Europe, but public attitudes to medical and environmental applications remain positive. Data from the fourth Eurobarometer survey carried out in November 1999 suggest that Europeans have become increasingly opposed to genetically modified (GM) foods, but remain supportive of medical and environmental applications of biotechnology. In general, where the public perceives genuine moral difficulties and/or no real benefits, it is unwilling to accept the perceived risks of new biotechnologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-938
JournalNature biotechnology
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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