SCI Pesticides Group Meeting. London, GBR, 1997/03/11.
It has long been recognised that a key determinant of the future development of genetic engineering in food production is likely to be consumer acceptance.
Much of the earlier research into acceptance issues has assumed that public perceptions of genetic engineering are defined by beliefs about the technology overall.
However, it is now known that acceptance of novel products is unlikely to be related to general attitudes towards genetic engineering.
People's perceptions of risk and benefit associated with particular products and applications will determine acceptance.
There is a need to develop effective risk-benefit communication strategies, based on the best scientific information available, in order to enable the public to make informed choices about consuming the products of genetic engineering.
It is also essential to develop effective communication methods if the public is to contribute to the wider debate about strategic development of genetic engineering.
Issues of social context (such as trust in risk regulators) must also be considered.
Providing information is likely to change people's attitudes, which will in turn generate further public concerns and create a demand for more information about genetic engineering.
Mots-clés Pascal : Plante transgénique, Produit alimentaire, Comportement consommateur, Acceptabilité sociale, Facteur risque, Information public, Opinion publique, Communication information, Analyse composante principale, Industrie alimentaire, Génie génétique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Transgenic plant, Foodstuff, Consumer behavior, Social acceptability, Risk factor, Public information, Public opinion, Information communication, Principal component analysis, Food industry, Genetic engineering
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0223949
Code Inist : 002A35A04. Création : 11/09/1998.