Americans are closely divided over whether genetically modified foods are worse for one’s health than foods that are not genetically modified, according to a new Pew Research Center report.
About half of U.S. adults (49 percent) say foods containing genetically modified ingredients are worse for one’s health than foods containing no GM ingredients, while a slightly smaller share (44 percent) thinks foods with GM ingredients are neither better nor worse for one’s health. Only 5 percent say GM foods are better for one’s health.
The survey finds a 10-percentage-point increase in the share of adults who say foods with GM ingredients are worse for one’s health from a 2016 Pew Research Center survey, when the share was 39 percent. The uptick in concern has come primarily among those with low levels of science knowledge; there has been no shift in this belief among those with high levels of science knowledge (based on a nine-item index of factual knowledge across a range of topics).
Source: Pew Research Center
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