A recent review of public perceptions of animal biotechnology, provides an excellent context for understanding public knowledge, attitudes, and perception of GM Food in China.
The reasons given by consumers in favor of, or against, the use of GM food, were complex, as seen by the response of 13.8% of respondents who felt GM technology was a form of bioterrorism targeted at China.
China’s Ministry of Agriculture and the science community generally expressed a positive attitude toward GM food, but the percentage of respondents that trusted the government and scientists was only 11.7 and 23.2%, respectively.
” The percentage of those who supported, opposed or were neutral to GM pharmaceuticals was 46.8, 12.8, and 40.4%, respectively.
Support for GM pharmaceuticals was higher than that found for GM food and again, there were many in the neutral category.