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Beliefs about genetically modified foods: a qualitative and quantitative exploration


Lea, EJ, Beliefs about genetically modified foods: a qualitative and quantitative exploration, Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 44, (6) pp. 437-454. ISSN 0367-0244 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/03670240500348789


This study is aimed to examine consumers' beliefs about genetically modified foods. Ten focus group interviews of community members and a random questionnaire-based mail survey of 500 Australian (Victorian) adults were conducted (58% response). Participants were generally negative about genetically modified foods, with concerns being raised about them being unnatural, difficult to identify, and having unknown long-term health and environmental effects. Many participants were unaware of or disagreed with the benefits of genetically modified foods that are promoted by its advocates and there were some misconceptions present. These findings provide information for both advocates and opponents of genetically modified foods and a basis for future larger-scale research. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Inc.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Nutrition and dietetics
Research Field:Nutrition and dietetics not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Nutrition
UTAS Author:Lea, EJ (Dr Emma Lea)
ID Code:48856
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2007-12-11
Last Modified:2011-10-03

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