How Natural Is “More Natural”? The Role of Method, Type of Transfer, and Familiarity for Public Perceptions of Cisgenic and Transgenic Modification

TitleHow Natural Is “More Natural”? The Role of Method, Type of Transfer, and Familiarity for Public Perceptions of Cisgenic and Transgenic Modification
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsKronberger, N, Wagner, W, Nagata, M
JournalScience Communication
Volume36
Issue1
Pagination106-130
Date Published2014
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15528545
Keywordscisgenics , ethics , Genetic , GENETICALLY , GENETICS , Morality , naturalness , PUBLIC , theory
AbstractA frequent expert assumption is that the public will consider cisgenics more “natural” and therefore more acceptable than transgenics. Experimental (Studies 1 and 2) and representative survey (Eurobarometer) data highlight that public concerns indeed are stronger when the boundaries of species are crossed. However, genetic combinations that could come into existence naturally are not always considered unproblematic. Human intervention in the process amplifies concern while familiarity with the method and its products explains little of the variance. Although cisgenics is more supported than transgenics, a majority of respondents across countries considers cisgenic products to be genetically modified food that must be labeled.
NotesKronberger, Nicole 1 Wagner, Wolfgang 2 Nagata, Motohiko 3; Affiliation: 1: Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria 2: Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria, University of the Basque Country, San Sebastián, Spain 3: Kyoto University, Japan; Source Info: Feb2014, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p106; Subject Term: GENETICALLY modified foods; Subject Term: NATURALNESS (Environmental sciences); Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: PUBLIC opinion; Subject Term: GENETICS; Author-Supplied Keyword: cisgenics; Author-Supplied Keyword: genetic modification; Author-Supplied Keyword: morality; Author-Supplied Keyword: naturalness; Author-Supplied Keyword: theory of hybrids; Number of Pages: 25p; Document Type: Article; Full Text Word Count: 8111
DOI10.1177/1075547013500773

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