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ABC news poll finds broad support for labels on GM food

(July 9, 2001 CropChoice news) One third of a recent ABC poll believes that transgenic food is safe to eat. Slightly more than half of the respondents 52 percent believe the food is unsafe. They unanimously favored labels on such foods, which many respondents said they would use to avoid buying them. A majority favored organic food as the safe way to eat.

TNS Intersearch of Horsham, PA, which conducted the poll for ABCNEWS.com, interviewed by phone a random national sample of 1,024 adults. The results have a three-point margin of error. The survey described genetic engineering as a process by which "scientists can change the genes in some food crops and farm animals to make them grow faster or bigger and be more resistant to bugs, weeds and disease." Organic foods were described as raised "without the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers or feed additives."