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Zeszyt 1 (43) 2017 , DOI: 10.17306/J.JARD.2017.00336

Ingrida Lukošiutė, Laura Petrauskaitė-Senkevič

EVALUATION OF LITHUANIAN CONSUMERS’ ATTITUDES TO GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD

Ocena postaw konsumentów litewskich wobec żywności genetycznie modyfikowanej

Abstract:

The aim of this investigation is to present the results obtained during the survey of Lithuanian consumers in order to identify their attitudes towards food with genetically modified organisms (GMO). Investigating the consumers approach to genetically modified (GM) food, the following were considered: consumers’ opinions on GMO were analyzed, their knowledge about the presence of food containing GMO on the Lithuanian market, the mandatory GM food labelling, the behavior to a transgenic product while shopping, as well as consumers’ willingness to purchase such products. Data were gathered through a survey of 1000 Lithuanian residents. The empirical results indicated that the majority of the respondents’ attitudes towards food containing GMO are negative. The older consumers with less income are more against GM food compared to younger, wealthier households. 72% of consumers know that if the food contains GMO it must be indicated on the label. However, many consumers who oppose GMO do not try to avoid paying attention to the components of the product listed on its label. Only about a quarter of consumers while buying a product look for such information. This indicates that consumers are not really interested in whether or not the product contains GMO

Abstract in polish:

Celem niniejszego opracowania jest przedstawienie wyników badań na temat nastawienia litewskich konsumentów do żywności genetycznie modyfikowanej (GMO). W ramach powyższych badań przeanalizowano opinie konsumentów na temat GMO, wiedzę o dostępności artykułów spożywczych zawierających GMO na litewskim rynku, znajomość obowiązkowych etykiet na żywności modyfikowanej genetycznie, zachowanie wobec produktów transgenicznych podczas zakupów oraz chęć nabywania takich produktów. Dane zgromadzono na podstawie ankiety przeprowadzonej wśród tysiąca mieszkańców Litwy. Z wyników empirycznych można wnioskować, że większość respondentów jest negatywnie nastawiona do artykułów spożywczych zawierających GMO, przy czym osoby starsze oraz konsumenci o niższych dochodach częściej odnoszą się niechętnie do takiej żywności niż osoby młodsze z bardziej zamożnych gospodarstw domowych. Grupa 72% konsumentów wie, że na opakowaniu żywności zawierającej GMO musi znajdować się etykieta z informacją na ten temat. Wielu konsumentów niechętnych wobec GMO nie stara się jednak unikać takich artykułów i nie zwraca uwagi na składniki wyszczególnione na etykiecie. Tylko jedna czwarta badanych sprawdza takie informacje przy zakupie. Oznacza to, że ewentualna zawartość GMO nie jest przedmiotem szczególnego zainteresowania ze strony konsumentów.

Keywords: genetically modified organisms, genetically modified food, consumers’ attitudes

Keywords in polish: organizmy genetycznie modyfikowane, żywność genetycznie modyfikowana, postawy konsumenckie

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For citation:

MLA Luko&scaroniut&#, Ingrida, and Laura Petrauskait&#-Senkevi&#. "EVALUATION OF LITHUANIAN CONSUMERS’ ATTITUDES TO GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD." J. Agribus. Rural Dev. 43.1 (2017): 103-111.
APA Ingrida Lukošiutė, Laura Petrauskaitė-Senkevič (2017). EVALUATION OF LITHUANIAN CONSUMERS’ ATTITUDES TO GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD. J. Agribus. Rural Dev. 43 (1), 103-111
ISO 690 LUKO&SCARONIUT&#, Ingrida, PETRAUSKAIT&#-SENKEVI&#, Laura. EVALUATION OF LITHUANIAN CONSUMERS’ ATTITUDES TO GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD. J. Agribus. Rural Dev., 2017, 43.1: 103-111.
Corresponding address:
M.Sc. Ingrida Lukošiutė, Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics, Division of Market Research of Agricultural Products,V. Kudirkos St. 18–2, 03105 Vilnius, Lithuania
Authors email:
ingrida.lukosiute@laei.l

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