AUS – POOR COMMUNICATION TO BLAME FOR SLOW UPTAKE OF GM FOOD
21 June 2016. Source: ABC Rural.
A science communicator has blamed decisions made two decades ago for why consumers have been slow to accept genetically modified foods.
Consultant Dr Craig Cormick said GM was pitched too heavily at farmers and companies, rather than consumers when it was first marketed 20 years ago.
He said while the majority of Australians neither supported nor rejected GM foods, with the debate largely happening at polar ends of the spectrum.
“About 15 per cent are at either end, we call them the ‘polar bears’, who say they either ‘never ever eat GM food’ or ‘GM is fine, there’s nothing wrong with it’
“The rest, 60 to 70 per cent of the public we call the penguins because they move around a bit depending on the issue or the topic, tend to say ‘it’s OK if you prove it’s safe,’ or ‘OK if you prove it’s regulated’.”