Canadians want altered food labelled: poll
A major leap for science, or “Frankenfood”? The controversy over genetically- engineered foods is definitely heating up. A national poll commissioned by the Council of Canadians has found that three-quarters (75%) of Canadians familiar with genetically engineered (GE) foods are worried about their safety. An overwhelming majority (95%) want GE foods labeled as such and want the choice to buy non-GE foods. More than two thirds of those polled would be willing to pay more for non-GE foods.
Government didn’t get a vote of confidence in the poll. More than half of respondents (56%) are “not confident” in the federal government’s ability to protect their health and safety when it comes to GE foods.
“The results of this poll demonstrate that a genuine consumer revolt is brewing against GE foods,” says Jennifer Story, Health Protection Campaigner with The Council of Canadians.