Consumers Surveyed on GMOs

Meatingplace reports new research by the NPD Group shows more than half of U.S. consumers are concerned about genetically modified organisms. However - when asked to describe what GMOs are - many primary grocery shoppers are unclear on the concept.

NPD asked consumers to describe what GMOs mean in their own words - and common words used included genetically altered, not natural and don't know.

Some respondents believe GMOs are foodstuffs that are genetically altered in a favorable way sometimes and in an unfavorable way at other times.

In the survey - 44-percent said GMOs have some kind of benefit - but a higher percentage had some level of concern. Back in 2002 - less than 10-percent of adults were very or extremely concerned about GMOs - but that has increased to more than 20-percent of adults.

NPD Analyst Harry Balzer told Meatingplace GMOs have been an issue for some time now - and he expects the market to follow consumer concerns - which affect meat processors when livestock are fed with genetically modified corn or other grains.

USDA defines genetic modification as the production of heritable improvements in plants or animals for specific uses - via either genetic engineering or other more traditional methods.

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