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Public trust in scientists hammered

08 June 1999
Public trust in scientists hammered

THE publics trust in scientists has fallen because of repeated food safety and health scares, according to a Guardian/ICM opinion poll. …more…


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Public trust in scientists hammered

08 June 1999
Public trust in scientists hammered

THE publics trust in scientists has fallen because of repeated food safety and health scares, according to a Guardian/ICM opinion poll. …more…


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Public trust in scientists hammered

08 June 1999
Public trust in scientists hammered

THE publics trust in scientists has fallen because of repeated food safety and health scares, according to a Guardian/ICM opinion poll.

The June poll shows scientists no longer command the level of trust enjoyed by teachers and doctors because of issues such as animal cloning and genetically modified foods.

The poll discloses that the public overwhelmingly back the governments “the jurys still out” policy on GM foods. Of those polled 65% said they should be allowed to be grown and sold in the short term while research is done to test whether or not they are safe or should be banned.

The poll shows that nearly one third of the public says GM crops should be banned. Only 4% believe that GM foods should be allowed to be grown and sold without research.

About 56% of those polled said GM foods are unsafe to eat, against 26% who said that they “personally think that GM foods are, on balance, safe to eat”.

Scientists fare no better at the hands of letter writers to several newspapers. One contributor to the Financial Times condemns the Nuffield Council – a panel of scientists which recently came to the conclusion that GM food was a good thing in that it promised the means of feeding developing countries.

He says he fears the council is “technologically spellbound and living in GM wonderland”.

Another contributor to the same newspaper says they “do not have a lot to boast about” evidencing the remark with reference to a falling wildlife population, bovine spongiform encephalopathy and the factory farming of chickens.

  • The Times 08/06/99 page 21 (Letters)
  • Financial Times 08/06/06/99 page 20 (Letters)
  • The Guardian 08/06/99 page 7, page 19 (Letters)

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