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Consumer perspectives of GMO

Consumer perspectives of GMO

The topic of consumer perspectives on food resulting from genetically modified organisms is extremely important and timely, but also characterized by confusion and contradictions. The dialogue is often hard due to different positions of stakeholders: both on consumer perspectives (above all from a health point of view) and on environmental consequences, effects of new biotechnological products, patents, national and worldwide regulations, businesses reactions, competitiveness.

Transgenic foods could be considered as daily conventional foods, that carry various kinds of well-known genetic modifications, and sometimes they are also able to perform a particular function. They are products which outwardly are the same as conventional ones, but they have features that can also be quite different. These foods could help improve the well-being of our society, especially for the fringe of the population with chronic diseases related to allergy phenomena or food intolerance, or a deficiency/excess of certain nutritional factors. The presence of novel foods on the market could improve their diet and, consequently, their well-being.

However, it is also needed to consider that transgenic foods are obviously different from conventional ones and, therefore, their consumption requires awareness, in order to prevent not desired uses, or uses which could be affected by misleading or deceptive communications. In addition, several surveys show that the novel foods are not accepted unconditionally by consumers.

So in this ebook, it is very interesting to include such a large range of submissions both referring to their content and to fields of research variety. Moreover, each author offers a different way to approach this particular argument, through own work experience, studies and researches, investigations resulting from years of specialized and multidisciplinary scientific analysis. It includes several kinds of works, each attempting to clarify a particular aspect, both through quantitative and qualitative investigations from the methodological point of view: common errors relating to GMOs; positions in different macroeconomic areas, proposing comparisons; specific legal issues; consumer attitude towards novel foods and their acceptance; impact of modern biotechnology research; companies attitude towards GM crops.

A multidisciplinary research agenda for the acceptance of golden rice,A structural equation model for the analysis of genetically modified foods consumption: a case study,Comparative analysis of physico-chemical properties and amino acids profile of three tropical maize hybrid cultivars in Nigeria,Consumer perception: an analysis on second generation genetically modified foods,Consumer perspectives of GMO,Deforming mirrors converting GMOs into smog,East versus West: acceptance of GM foods by European and Asian consumers,GMOs and the issue of coexistence in Italy,Hydroponics: potential for augmenting sustainable food production in non-arable regions,Italian companies’ attitude towards GM crops,To eat or not to eat? The case of genetically modified (GM) food.

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