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High GM crop adoption influences consumer attitudes

Farmer and consumer agreement on the use of plant biotechnology in food production is strongest in countries that have high adoption of genetically modified crops, according to a BASF commissioned study. The “Farms Perspectives” study found that 76% of farmers and 62% of consumers in India accepted the contribution of GMOs. India currently allows the commercial cultivation of GM cotton only. The study shows that acceptance of the technology’s role is at 78% among Brazilian farmers, and 29% among its consumers, and at 53% and 25%, respectively, for growers and consumers in the US. A majority of farmers believe that consumers do not understand the full dimension of the food supply challenge or the reality of farming, BASF notes.

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