More Europeans back biotech

Survey shows EU citizens support stem cell research, but are still very negative about GM foods

Stephen Pincock
Jun 25, 2006
European citizens are becoming more optimistic about most forms of biotechnology, including embryonic stem cell research, but still can?t be swayed from their distrust of genetically modified food, the latest Eurobarometer survey showed last week.The survey of 25,000 people revealed a surge in positive responses for medical and industrial biotech relative to 2002, but concluded that widespread opposition to agricultural biotechnology remained in all but a few countries.?Overall, Europeans think GM food should not be encouraged,? George Gaskell from the London School of Economics and his colleagues wrote in the report to the European Commission. ?GM food is widely seen as not being useful, as morally unacceptable, and as a risk for society.?The survey showed that stem cell research was widely supported across Europe. Even embryonic stem cell research was supported by 59% of respondents.As things stand, European Union law permits embryonic stem cell research, but leaves it up...

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