Genome Editing - Food

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Gene-edited Foods Sentiment

Various reports revealed that the majority of consumers have a misconception regarding gene-editing foods due to the lack of awareness and education concerning its potential benefits. Below is an overview of the findings.

OVERVIEW OF THE CUSTOMERS' SENTIMENT TOWARDS GENE-EDITED FOODS

  • A consumer group reacted against a draft recommendation regarding gene-edited foods. It was echoed that there is no need for "genetically modified food."
  • A consumers union circulated a petition and called for regulation of all gene-edited crops with safety reviews, and labeling of all gene-edited foods.
  • Hirohito Sone, an endocrinologist at Niigata University reported that there is only a little difference between traditional breeding methods and gene-editing in terms of safety.
  • A report revealed that public wariness limited the consumption of gene-edited foods.
  • A group of food makers and farmers requested a guideline from the university researchers and consumer advocates for “responsible use” of gene-editing in the food supply.
  • Some consumers considered gene-edited foods as "unnatural."
  • Also, some consumers objected that genetically altered foods may have adverse effects on human's health.
  • Also, there is an increase in the number of consumers with health-related fears regarding some conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and food allergies which directly affect their food choices.
  • A report revealed that many advocates and ethicists agree that the present oversight system of gene-edited foods is poor. Also, scientists and the food industry underestimate the potential safety concerns.
  • Dan Voytas, a University of Minnesota professor and chief science officer reported that education of consumers' regarding the benefits of gene-edited foods might change their perception regarding the food.
  • Various reports also revealed that effective communication, transparency, and traceability with consumers might increase the rate of acceptance of gene-edited foods.
  • Some consumers considered gene-edited foods to be healthy such as gene-edited soybeans.
  • Also, some customers considered gene-editing foods as a positive development towards a healthier life.
  • A study revealed that some participants perceived gene-edited foods to have little or no risk to the quality of life and health.

RESEARCH STRATEGY

To address the research request, the research team searched through research databases, market reports, reputable press releases, and news outlets such as ResearchGate, ScienceDirect, Washington Post, Forbes, Business Insider, AgFunderNews, Wired, among others. Here, we were able to identify some customers' sentiment regarding gene-edited foods. Our findings revealed that the majority of consumers have negative perception regarding the consumption of gene-edited foods due to lack of adequate information and awareness.











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