Public Acceptance of Foods Derived from Genome Editing Technology: A Review of The Technical, Social and Regulatory Aspects

Thi Hao Nguyen, Seifeddine Ben Taieb, Masahiro Moritaka, Liu Ran, Susumu Fukuda

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the determinants of genome-edited foods by identifying trends in the application of CRISPR/Cas9 to major crops and reviewing consumer and regulatory studies on both GE and genetically modified (GM) foods. Findings show that GE crops have not been only targeted in input traits like GM crops, but also strengthened production ability in harsh environmental conditions, improving product quality and enhancement nutrition. Especially, these consumer-targeted traits pursued in GE applications could rise consumer acceptance. Consumer-targeted traits coupled with transgene-free crops has created a more balanced risk-benefit perception and given momentum to GE foods production. Nevertheless, the public has failed to distinguish bio-technologies, and regulators are treating GM and GE foods alike. Thus, it is vital to increase knowledge, communication and policy orientation. Policymakers should carefully assess novel bio-technologies and apply an appropriate regulatory approach to GE foods to promote the agricultural system and food safety.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of International Food and Agribusiness Marketing
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Food Science
  • Marketing

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