By Cassa Niedringhaus
People who most oppose genetically modified foods know the least about the science behind them, according to new research by University of Colorado scholars and researchers at other universities.
In a representative survey of U.S. residents, researchers measured three things: respondents’ attitudes about genetically modified foods, their scientific literacy, and their self-assessment of their knowledge on the topic. The researchers found that the more extreme a person’s opposition, the more likely they were to think they were knowledgeable about the subject but score lower on the scientific literacy component.
Philip Fernbach is a CU marketing professor and the lead author on the study, which was published in Nature Human Behaviour on Monday. The paper also included similar findings by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania.
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