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Vol. 12 No. 4, Issue of December 15, 2009
 

Table 3. Means (M) and standard deviations (SD) of attitudes toward GMOs evaluated through a closed questionnaire, using a five-point Likert scale (5 Strongly agree, 4 Agree, 3 Neutral, 2 Disagree, 1 Strongly disagree). Statements marked with an asterix were coded in the opposite direction, because disagreement with such statements means a positive attitude towards such statement. Means calculated from uncoded data are presented in parentheses.


Statement

M

SD

Health and Medicine

*I am afraid that bacterial resistance to antibiotics may increase because of GMOs.

2.08
(3.92)

1.07

I would worry about children's health if school meals were prepared from GMOs.

2.18

1.07

*I fear that the consequence of GMO usage will be an increased number of allergies.

2.20
(3.80)

1.01

I would be glad if we could breed animal - organ donors by gene manipulation.

2.89

1.19

If I had an illness caused by genetic malfunction, I would choose treatment by gene therapy.

3.03

1.11

*I would rather die than have an organ from a GM animal transplanted into my body.

3.67
(2.33)

1.10

Food

*I would be angry if foodstuffs produced from GMOs weren't marked.

1.69
(4.31)

0.83

*I would be worried if the effects of GMO consumption could show up after a long time period.

1.84
(4.16)

0.93

*On no account would I buy foodstuffs containing GMOs.

2.92
(3.08)

1.19

*If I received a gift of chocolate containing fats from GM soya, I would throw it away.

3.01
(2.99)

1.33

I would prefer foodstuffs from GMOs if they were healthier than foodstuffs obtained conventionally.

 

3,22

1.27

Farming

*Beef from animals fed with fodder that was cultivated with pesticides is more acceptable to me than beef from animals fed with genetically modified fodder.

3.45
(2.55)

1.03

*Apples genetically modified by genes from other sorts of apples are not acceptable to me.

3.10
(2.90)

1.23

I would buy a GM ornamental house plant out of curiosity.

2.85

1.20

Genetically modified plants are more acceptable than genetically modified animals.

2.53

1.23

It would be good for farmers to cultivate GMOs because they would use less spray for pests and pathogens.

2.36

1.17

*I would worry that GMOs could cross into the environment.

2.32
(3.68)

1.12

*I would worry about nature if I knew that farmers cultivated GMOs.

2.30
(3.70)

1.09

I would plant genetically modified plants in my garden.

2.17

1.15

Education

Teaching about GMOs should, besides the facts, also introduce values and a moral and ethical component.

4.21

0.87

Pupils are not capable of creating their own system of values about GMOs and need to be guided by teachers.

3.98

0.97

Education about GMOs should be organized for all school teachers, regardless of the subject they teach.

3.92

1.06

GMOs should be a topic in subjects such as Biology or Domestic Science and not in other school subjects.

2.21

1.16

Society and research

GMO research should be additionally stimulated.

3.49

1.28

All society should benefit from GMOs, not only their producers.

3.33

1.27

*GMO research should be stopped until it is clear that it is entirely safe.

3.02
(2.98)

1.38

*Production of GMOs is against the laws of nature and should be forbidden.

2.93
(3.07)

1.22

*Researchers working on GMOs conceal from us data about their harmful effects.

2.34
(3.66)

1.03

 


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