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Nearly half of fruit growers want biotech crops

US fruit growers want biotech crops but fear consumers won’t buy GMO products

There was a flood of responses to the recent American Fruit Grower’s annual State of the Industry survey that focused on man-made climate change and, to a lesser degree, the production of crops that have been genetically modified in a lab.

The question: “Would you produce a GMO crop if one was available to you?” The final tally: 49.4% said “No,” and a total of 47.5% said “Yes.” Reflecting a further schism. Of those responding affirmatively, a total of 33.8% said “if it offered production advantages for me,” while 13.7% said “if it offered benefits for customers.”

GMOs are widely considered safe, and are consumed by most Americans every day, though few fruit crops are GMOs. Growers’ answers largely reflected this reality. Sure, a few said simply “never,” or “not sure, have to convince me of advantages.” …. But most were primarily concerned by how they were perceived in the marketplace. Some simply said something along the lines of “Customers are very against,” or “Not until acceptable to general public.”

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