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Brazilian is open to the consumption of transgenics, says research

Survey conducted by IBOPE CONECTA reveals that the vast majority of Brazilians (73%) say they have already consumed transgenics and among the 27% who do not know or say they did not eat, 59% are open to experiment. In line with that scientific studies, tests and biosafety analyzes, which ensure that transgenics are safe for human, animal, and the environment, only a minority who believe they do bad (33%) or cause allergic reactions (29%).

 

Despite this, none of the interviewees accurately enumerated the genetically modified (GM) crops planted in Brazil. The country now cultivates transgenic soybean, corn and cotton seeds. In the

research, the first two are cited by, respectively, 60% and 51%. The correct answer is mentioned by only 11% of the participants, but they also add other products on the list, such as wheat (30%) and tomato (23%), which do not have GM versions on the market. In this scenario, only 15% know that this technology is available for cotton, although we have been using it for more than 10 years.

The survey also investigated which characteristics the Brazilians evaluate that are graphically inserted in these foods by means of transgenic. Until now, in Brazil and in the world, insect-resistant and / or herbicide tolerant GMOs prevail, innovations that provide facilities for the farmer. Pest resistance was adequately mentioned by 77% of the sample, but 61% also attributed to these plants a greater durability than they do not have.

 

According to Adriana Brondani, the executive director of the Biotechnology Information Council (CIB), the research suggests that in order to increase understanding of transgenics and its benefits, it is necessary to deepen the notion that science is the basis of all innovation. The survey was carried out by the Conecta platform of IBOPE Intelligence and was sampled by men and women from the age of 18, from classes A, B and C, from all regions of the country.