All plant breeding technologies are equal, but some are more equal than others : The case of GM and Mutagenesis

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Batalha, Luisa, Foroni, Francesco and Jones, Brian Joseph. (2021). All plant breeding technologies are equal, but some are more equal than others : The case of GM and Mutagenesis. Frontiers in Plant Science. 12, p. Article 657133. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2021.657133
AuthorsBatalha, Luisa, Foroni, Francesco and Jones, Brian Joseph
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A pervasive opposition to genetically modified (GM) foods has developed from the notion that they pose a risk to human and environmental health. Other techniques for the genetic modification of plants, such as sexual crossing and mutagenesis breeding, have mostly remained unchallenged. This research aims to investigate public perception of plant breeding technologies. Specifically, sexual crossing, mutagenesis, transgenics (GM) and gene editing. It was expected that attitudes and intentions would be most positive and the perception of risk lowest for plant genetic modification through sexual crosses. Scores on these variables were expected to be similar between mutagenesis, GM and gene editing. It was also expected that attitudes, intentions and risk perception would change (becoming more positive) once participants learned about foods developed through these technologies. Participants reported their attitudes, intentions and risk perception at two points in time. At Time 2, they were presented with pictures of food items developed through sexual crossing, GM and mutagenesis. The results showed that mutagenesis stood out as the most negatively perceived technology, whereas genetic development via sexual crosses was generally perceived as positive. The results highlight the importance of messaging, framing in consumer attitudes.

KeywordsGM; gene editing; framing; food security; mutagenesis; CRISPR; attitudes
Year2021
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
Journal citation12, p. Article 657133
PublisherFrontiers Research Foundation
ISSN1664-462X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2021.657133
PubMed ID34276720
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85110419836
PubMed Central IDPMC8283524
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