Therehas always been a negative response towards foods or products thatare produced from genetically modified ingredients. This is becausepeople believe that genetically modified foods have unknown healthand environmental consequences. Many people view them as a healthrisk and circumstances will force them to use the geneticallymodified organisms. Some people have no issue consuming geneticallymodified foods. This leads to differences in the rate of acceptanceamong people. This paper will focus on the level of acceptance amongstudents of different universities in Canada. The paper will firstidentify the methods used to collect data. This will be achieved byidentifying the subjects, materials to be used and procedures of datacollection. The data will then be represented on a table and graph,which will show the rate of acceptance among students of differentuniversities. The paper will then analyze the data collected from theresearch in order to come up with the results. The paper will finallydiscuss the results obtained from the research. This will be achievethrough discussing the reasons that may have led to differences inacceptance rates among students of different universities and arecommendation will be provided for future researchers on this topic.
InCanada, consumers are willing to buy genetically modified organismsespecially potatoes if they are offered at equal or slightlydiscounted prices. Consumers in this region are willing to pay 35%premium for the genetically modified potatoes[ CITATION Kyn04 l 1033 ].Themain reason for difference in acceptance rates in the differentuniversities is their different attitudes towards science. Thecultures and beliefs of a university will affect the attitudes of itsstudents[ CITATION Pac02 l 1033 ].Forexample, MemorialUniversity of Newfoundland believe that science improves the qualityof life thus influencing their students to accept genetic modifiedfoods which then leads to higher acceptance rate than students in theUniversity of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. Theuniversity builds positive attitudes towards science among itsstudents than the other universities.
Anotherfactor that led to the difference is the level of knowledge amongstudents about genetically modified organisms. Many of the studentsinterviewed from University of British Columbia and the University ofToronto did not know much about these genetically modified foodsunlike the students from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Thestudents claimed that the institution provides them with enoughinformation about GMO in their libraries. This increases theirknowledge about GMO than students from other universities thuscausing the difference in acceptance rates[ CITATION Swi03 l 1033 ].
Finally,the level of research conducted by an institution and its studentswill affect their attitudes[ CITATION Nel01 l 1033 ].Aninstitution that has researched extensively will discover thebenefits of genetically modified organisms and will increase thedegree of acceptance among its members. Students from MemorialUniversity have proper techniques for conducting their research. Thishas enabled them to identify the benefits brought about by GMO andthey have found out that these genetically modified foods are notthat harmful as portrayed by other researcher from other universitiessuch as University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto.This, increases acceptance by students from such a University. Futureresearch on this topic should use more universities in order to comeup with more information that will make the researcher identify whatactually brings about the differences of acceptance among students indifferent universities.
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