Factors Influencing Public Perception: Genetically Modified Organisms  

Parul Goyal , Stuti Gurtoo
Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016, India
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GMO Biosafety Research, 2011, Vol. 2, No. 1   doi: 10.5376/gmo.2011.02.0001
Received: 27 Sep., 2011    Accepted: 08 Oct., 2011    Published: 23 Nov., 2011
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Parul Goyal and Stuti Gurtoo, 2011, Factors Influencing Public Perception: Genetically Modified Organisms, GMO Biosafety Research, Vol 2, No.1 1-11 (10.5376/gmo.2011.02.0001)


In the paper we have looked at several factors that contribute to the risk perception of Genetically Modified Organisms. Factors such as how a society sees technology, the role of media and stakeholders, the cultural context and the issue of labeling have been discussed. These non-technical risk assessment factors influence how societies assess and perceive risk for a technology like GMOs. We have analyzed the differences in public perception in three broad regions- the States, Europe and developing countries, with the main focus on India. We have discussed each contributing factor that has led to opinions in favor of and against GMOs in these three regions and how they have influenced public thinking. Finally, we have discussed the results of a survey conducted by us to determine peoples’ views and what they feel has influenced those views on GMOs.

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