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The effect of religion, education and income on the level of acceptance of biotechnology

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Consumers' concerns about the health impacts of genetically modified foods (GMF) are perceived to be the largest threat to the future development of agricultural biotechnology. Using the results of a survey in Israel, this paper shows that more religious people have a higher tendency to oppose GMF while more educated people are more likely to accept it. Acceptance of GMF is high when it is presented in a context of choice between GMF and chemical treatments of food. 

Keywords: genetically modified foods (GMF), biotechnology, consumer acceptance, religion, education

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