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Study: Biotech Critics Continue to Question GM Safety Even if Shown with Facts
Tuesday, 2015/06/16 | 08:01:05

Researchers from the University of Florida and Oklahoma State University conducted an online survey of 961 individuals in the U.S. to determine the effect of scientific information on beliefs about GM foods and global warming. Results showed that even if provided with science-based information about GMO or global warming, some consumers would continue to hold on to their beliefs. They also found that about 12% of the respondents said that they felt the GMOS were less safe after reading the facts about GM safety.

 

According to the study, the assimilation of information depends on previous beliefs and that the failure to connect new knowledge is a result of several factors, including misinterpreting information, illusionary correlations, selectively scrutinizing information, information-processing problems, knowledge, political affiliation, and cognitive function.

 

The research article is published at Food Policy.

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