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bottles of canola oil. When shown a bottle that had no B.E.
logo or text, 31% had human health concerns. When shown
a bottle that had one of three symbols (a plant, a sun or a
smile), the percentage rose to 50%. When shown a bottle
that had a symbol plus "bioengineered" in text, the percentage was 51%. When shown a bottle that had the plant
symbol plus "may be bioengineered" in text, the percentage was 57%.
The survey also asked about knowledge of G.M.O.s,
with 36% saying they knew very little or nothing at all
about bioengineered or genetically modified foods and
another 36% saying they knew at least a fair amount.
People ages 25 to 34 (54%) and African Americans (49%)
were more likely to say they knew a great deal or a fair
amount about bioengineered or genetically modified
Nearly half (47%) of the survey respondents said they
avoid G.M.O. foods either entirely or at least somewhat.
People ages 25 to 34 (59%) and African Americans (52%)
were more likely to say they avoid G.M.O. foods either entirely or somewhat. Of those who avoid G.M.O. foods, 85%
said it was because of human health concerns. Other top
reasons given were the environment (43%), animal health
(36%) and agriculture/farming (34%).
"Despite broad scientific consensus that G.M.O.s are safe
to consume, a majority of Americans seem to be convinced
otherwise," said Joseph Clayton, chief executive officer of
the Washington-based IFIC Foundation. "It's a significant
disconnect, and it underscores the need for more creative
public education on the science behind our food." MBN

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any raw material sources, including wheat and
stevia, intrinsically are non-bioengineered/nonG.M.O. Yet some ingredients made from those
sources are sporting the butterfly logo associated with
Non-GMO Project verification, and companies have their
reasons for doing so.
Food companies, because of consumer interest in nonG.M.O. products, may be asking for the verification from
their ingredient suppliers. The Non-GMO Project verification also may assure companies and consumers that no
commingling occurred with G.M.O. ingredients.
"Panhandle Milling sought the Non-GMO Project verification because our research and data show that consumers
are asking for validation that products are made with nonG.M.O. wheats," said Tim Devey, marketing director for
Panhandle Milling, L.L.C., Dawn, Texas. "As we continue
in the grain space, our message will continually reinforce to
consumers that all wheats are non-G.M.O., even when not
officially verified."
More than 50,000 products are Non-GMO Project verified, said Courtney Pineau, associate director of the NonGMO Project, a non-profit organization that offers the
third-party certification.
"While the list of genetically engineered crops in commercial production is relatively small, these crops are
present in more than 80% of conventional processed
foods," Ms. Pineau said. "It is not realistic to expect that
consumers will be able to assess which products contain /

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