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Title: Attitudes of Agricultural Experts Toward Genetically Modified Crops: A Case Study in Southwest Iran
Authors: Ghanian, Mansour
Ghoochani, Omid M.
Kitterlin, Miranda
Jahangiry, Sheida
Zarafshani, Kiumars
Van Passel, Steven
Azadi, Hossein
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: SPRINGER
Citation: SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING ETHICS, 22 (2), p. 509-524
Abstract: The production of genetically modified (GM) crops is growing around the world, and with it possible opportunities to combat food insecurity and hunger, as well as solutions to current problems facing conventional agriculture. In this regard the use of GMOs in food and agricultural applications has increased greatly over the past decade. However, the development of GM crops has been a matter of considerable interest and worldwide public controversy. This, in addition to skepticism, has stifled the use of this practice on a large scale in many areas, including Iran. It stands to reason that a greater understanding of this practice could be formed after a review of the existing expert opinions surrounding GM crops. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to analyze the predictors that influence agricultural experts' attitudes toward the development of and policies related to GM crops. Using a descriptive correlational research method, questionnaire data was collected from 65 experts from the Agricultural Organization in the Gotvand district in Southwest Iran. Results indicated that agricultural experts were aware of the environmental benefits and possible risks associated with GM crops. The majority of participants agreed that GM crops could improve food security and accelerate rural development, and were proponents of labeling practices for GM crops. Finally, there was a positive correlation between the perception of benefits and attitudes towards GM crops.
Notes: [Ghanian, Mansour; Ghoochani, Omid M.; Jahangiry, Sheida] Khuzestan Ramin Agr & Nat Resources Univ, Dept Agr Extens & Educ, Ahwaz, Iran. [Kitterlin, Miranda] Florida Int Univ, Chaplin Sch Hospitality & Tourism Management, Miami, FL 33199 USA. [Zarafshani, Kiumars] Razi Univ, Dept Agr Extens & Educ, Kermanshah, Iran. [Van Passel, Steven; Azadi, Hossein] Hasselt Univ, Ctr Environm Sci, Hasselt, Belgium. [Azadi, Hossein] Univ Ghent, Dept Geog, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium. [Azadi, Hossein] Univ Liege, Gembloux Agrobio Tech, Econ & Rural Dev, Liege, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/21576
DOI: 10.1007/s11948-015-9653-1
ISI #: 000373378100011
ISSN: 1353-3452
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2017
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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