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Title: Perceptions and attitudes of singaporeans toward genetically modified food
Authors: Subrahmanyan, S. 
Cheng, P.S. 
Issue Date: 2000
Source: Subrahmanyan, S.,Cheng, P.S. (2000). Perceptions and attitudes of singaporeans toward genetically modified food. Journal of Consumer Affairs 34 (2) : 269-290. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study examines the perceptions and attitudes of Singaporean residents who attended the first public lecture on genetically modified (GM) food in the country. Scales were developed for the underlying consumer concerns, and their relationship with one another and with demographic variables were examined. Slightly more than half of those who attended the talk (n = 417) indicated that they were worried about GM foods and 86 percent agreed or strongly agreed that GM foods should be labeled. Issues relating to health, ethics, and perceived benefits were the major underlying concerns. These were related to several demographic variables and also to perceived knowledge about biotechnology. Women were more concerned about the ethical and health aspects compared to men. Those with post-graduate education were the least concerned about health and ethical issues and more likely to buy GM foods if consumer benefits are shown. Married respondents were less concerned about health issues compared to single ones. Also, those with children under fifteen years of age were less concerned about health issues compared to others and more likely to buy GM foods if consumer benefits are shown. Respondents subscribing to the Hindu religion were more likely than others to buy GM foods if benefits are shown. Also, those who considered themselves vegetarians were more concerned about the ethical aspects of GM foods compared to others. Copyright 2000 by The American Council on Consumer Interests.
Source Title: Journal of Consumer Affairs
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/45110
ISSN: 00220078
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