An Examination of Millennials’ Attitudes toward Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Foods: Is It Franken-Food or Super-Food?

International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, 13(4): 371-390. 2017

29 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2014 Last revised: 29 Nov 2017

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Stefan Linnhoff

Murray State University - College of Business

Elena Volovich

Murray State University - College of Business

Hannah Russell

Texas A&M University (TAMU), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Agricultural Economics, Students

Murphy Smith

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi-Department of Accounting

Abstract

This study reports on a survey of Millennials in the United States regarding GMO foods. Potential benefits of GMO food crops include improving agricultural productivity, such as insect resistant and drought resistant crops, and alleviating world hunger, particularly in developing countries. Scientific research fully supports the health and safety of GMO foods. However, opponents to GMO foods still exist, some motivated by economic self-interest and others by fear of science and technology. The debate over GMO foods is widely considered the single-biggest issue facing modern agriculture, characterized as a clash between pro-science and anti-science forces, the outcome having ramifications extending far beyond agriculture and GMOs. To effectively market GMO foods to Millennials and others, agricultural producers, distributors, and food retailers will need to educate consumers about the overwhelming scientific support for the health benefits and safety of GMO foods.

Keywords: Genetically Modified Organism, GMO, Genetically Engineered Foods, Millennials

JEL Classification: K32, L2, M3

Suggested Citation

Linnhoff, Stefan and Volovich, Elena and Russell, Hannah and Smith, Murphy, An Examination of Millennials’ Attitudes toward Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Foods: Is It Franken-Food or Super-Food?. International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, 13(4): 371-390. 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2419593 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2419593

Stefan Linnhoff

Murray State University - College of Business ( email )

351 Business Building
Murray, KY 42071-3314
United States

Elena Volovich

Murray State University - College of Business ( email )

351 Business Building
Murray, KY 42071-3314
United States

Hannah Russell

Texas A&M University (TAMU), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Agricultural Economics, Students ( email )

600 John Kimbrough Blvd
College Station, TX 77843
United States

Murphy Smith (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi-Department of Accounting ( email )

6300 Ocean Dr
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
United States

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