Representative study shows growing acceptance of agribiotech
Adligenswil – A study conducted between 2000 and 2006 by Demoscope, a polling institute based in Adligenswil, confirmed that resistance to the application of gene technology in agriculture is slowly – but steadily – declining in Switzerland. With a representative selection of 2,008 interviewees from German- and French-speaking regions, the 2006 poll showed that 45% were against the use of gene technology in agriculture, 31% advocated it, while 24% were still undecided. The number of respondents expressing a negative attitude towards gene technology has decreased from 58% in 2000.
The most important differences in the single population groups concerned the French-speaking region in which opposing (31%) and advocating groups (33%) were almost equally strong. Generally greater acceptance of gene technology in agriculture was notable among interviewees under the age of 30. The authors conclude that the statistical reduction of resistance towards agribiotechnical applications may be due to better information: through increasing global experience with green gene technology, individuals originally identifying themselves as opponents have become more broadly informed. However, the increase in undecided individuals might point to the need for further public information.