Public Perceptions of Genetically Modified Foods (GMO) and Mandatory Labeling
Dr. William Hallman
Department of Human Ecology
New Brunswick, NJ
Polling data has been used by all sides in the debate about Genetically Modified Foods and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) purporting to represent public sentiments about GMOs, and to support positions regarding whether mandatory labeling is favored by the public So, what does the public really think about GMOs, and do most Americans want mandatory GMO labeling? Our data shows that the answers to these queries depend a great deal on how you ask the questions. In this talk, I will discuss why, and will present data suggesting that most Americans opinions about GMOs are crystallized.
Dr. William Hallman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Ecology, a member of the graduate faculties in Psychology, Nutritional Sciences, and Planning and Public Policy, and former Director of the Food Policy Institute at Rutgers University. An experimental psychologist, he is an expert on risk perception, and risk communication. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and monographs concerning food safety, food security, and public perceptions of controversial issues concerning food, technology, health, and the environment. He served as the Chair of the Risk Communication Advisory Committee of the U.S. FDA, and currently serves on a National Academy of Sciences committee focused on improving the science of science communication.