Consumers say no
Time and again, when consumers are asked whether they want GM products in their food, the clear answer is: No!1
GM in food is a major concern for consumers, and the number of people worried about it is growing2 year-on-year. Nearly half3 of the UK public surveyed are opposed to developing GM.
And people will put their money where their mouths are – people would rather pay extra for products that are GM free5!
This isn’t just a ‘leftie’ issue, either. Opposition to GM foods comes from across the political spectrum, with nearly two-thirds of Conservative voters wanting a ban on GM crops6.
- In July 2015, the Food Standards Agency (FSA)’s Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker (wave 10 – May 2015) (PDF link) lists GM foods as one of the top three spontaneously mentioned food safety concerns (see page 13).
- In November 2016 the FSA Consumer Attitudes Tracker Survey showed public concern about GM food rose to 27%, up from 22% in November 2015.
- In 2010 the Eurobarometer poll showed 45% of UK respondents were opposed to developing the technology (61% oppose it across the EU, with 95% rating GM foods as potentially unsafe and lacking real benefits).
- 89% of those surveyed wanted GM products to be clearly labelled ‘Two-thirds Want GM to be Kept Off their Plates – New opinion poll‘
- 72% would pay extra for non-GM food. ‘Two-thirds Want GM to be Kept Off their Plates – New opinion poll‘
- The proportion of Conservatives that reported they want to strengthen or maintain… A ban on production of GM crops [is] (63%) http://www.brightblue.org.uk/index.php/medias/press-releases/item/713-conservative-voters-want-a-green-brexit-polling-reveals