IRRI (international rice research institute) who are currently working on the so called golden rice are running a little poll on their website
Q: would you eat genetically modified rice? yes or no?
we'd encourage as many people to go to http://www.cgiar.org/irri/pa/index.htm
and click on the appropriate answer
at the moment there are 144 responses.. 54 % would eat it and 42% wouldn't.
POLL - Most Italians oppose genetic foods
ITALY: March 21, 2001
ROME - Most Italians oppose genetic engineering of their foods because of health worries, an opinion poll showed. According to the survey by the Farm Ministry this month, 67 percent of a sample of 1,200 people, including 400 farmers, were against using genetically modified organisms in food production due to possible health risks. Eighty percent of those questioned by market research group PeopleSwg said they would be willing to spend a little extra to acquire good-quality traditional or organic produce.
According to another recent poll of big retailers by Rome-based agricultural research institute ISMEA, 65 percent said Italian demand for organic foods was growing, while 67 percent said consumers were poorly informed about it. Organic foods are rising in popularity due to worries over the impact of intensive farming on food safety, consumer groups say, pointing to scares such as mad cow disease and foot-and-mouth.
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