Health-risk concerns vs. medical benefits of the GM technology

Yoko Saito, Yuki Sasakawa, Yutaka Tabei, Shoichi Ito

研究成果: ジャーナルへの寄稿学術誌査読

1 被引用数 (Scopus)


Genetically modified crops have been controversial from a health-as well as an environmental-standpoint, and the science community puts substantial effort into communicating with consumers. Relevant to the communication effort, GM technology is now being used to expand food as well as agricultural functionalities, offering the possibility of wider consumer acceptance. A case in point is the development of a GM rice that alleviates allergic reactions to cedar pollen. We conducted an online consumer survey of those manifesting an allergic reaction and investigated whether they respond positively to the new GM benefit. Our results indicate that respondents who perceive at least the possibility of a consumer functionality in GM technology tend to have little health-risk concern in general, and tend to be willing to try medical rice in particular. The implication is that GM acceptability can be influenced by the presence of a positive functionality and not by just the apparent absence of negative ones.

出版ステータス出版済み - 2017

!!!All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • バイオテクノロジー
  • 食品科学
  • 農業および作物学
  • 経済学、計量経済学


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