Poll: Anti-GMO sentiment could affect German parliamentary votes
Berlin – With the election for the German parliament looming on September 27, a recent poll commissioned by GM opponents suggests that political parties that don’t support agribiotech have a better chance of pulling in the votes. According to a fresh poll, about 65% of Germans are opposed to genetic engineering in food plants. In to the representative poll carried out by EMNID market research for an alliance of anti-GM organisations, only 6% were in favour of genetically modified crops, and the rest abstained. 41% of the 1003 surveyed poeple said that they would not vote for a political party that supports agri-biotechnology. Surprisingly, half of the respondants were against the use of public money to fund research into and application of genetic engineered crops.
German scientists laid the foundations for genetic engineering of plants. Currently, 125 million hectares of biotech crops are planted worldwide.