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Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition

Stefaan Blancke UGent, Frank Van Breusegem UGent, Geert De Jaeger UGent, Johan Braeckman UGent and Marc Van Montagu UGent (2015) TRENDS IN PLANT SCIENCE. 20(7). p.414-418
abstract
Public opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) remains strong. By contrast, studies demonstrate again and again that GM crops make a valuable contribution to the development of a sustainable type of agriculture. The discrepancy between public opinion and the scientific evidence requires an explanation. We argue that intuitive expectations about the world render the human mind vulnerable to particular misrepresentations of GMOs. We explain how the involvement of particular intuitions accounts for the popularity, persistence, and typical features of GM opposition and tackle possible objections to our approach. To conclude, we discuss the implications for science education, science communication, and the environmental movement.
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journalArticle (review)
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published
subject
keyword
IMPACT, HEALTH, SCIENCE, BELIEFS, CHILDREN, DISGUST, BIOTECHNOLOGY, CROPS, cultural attraction, intuitive mind, genetically modified organisms, public opposition
journal title
TRENDS IN PLANT SCIENCE
Trends Plant Sci.
volume
20
issue
7
pages
414 - 418
Web of Science type
Review
Web of Science id
000357754400006
JCR category
PLANT SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
10.899 (2015)
JCR rank
2/209 (2015)
JCR quartile
1 (2015)
ISSN
1360-1385
DOI
10.1016/j.tplants.2015.03.011
project
BOF13/24J/089
project
Biotechnology for a sustainable economy (Bio-Economy)
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
5948636
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-5948636
date created
2015-05-04 14:06:26
date last changed
2016-12-19 15:39:12
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  abstract     = {Public opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) remains strong. By contrast, studies demonstrate again and again that GM crops make a valuable contribution to the development of a sustainable type of agriculture. The discrepancy between public opinion and the scientific evidence requires an explanation. We argue that intuitive expectations about the world render the human mind vulnerable to particular misrepresentations of GMOs. We explain how the involvement of particular intuitions accounts for the popularity, persistence, and typical features of GM opposition and tackle possible objections to our approach. To conclude, we discuss the implications for science education, science communication, and the environmental movement.},
  author       = {Blancke, Stefaan and Van Breusegem, Frank and De Jaeger, Geert and Braeckman, Johan and Van Montagu, Marc},
  issn         = {1360-1385},
  journal      = {TRENDS IN PLANT SCIENCE},
  keyword      = {IMPACT,HEALTH,SCIENCE,BELIEFS,CHILDREN,DISGUST,BIOTECHNOLOGY,CROPS,cultural attraction,intuitive mind,genetically modified organisms,public opposition},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {7},
  pages        = {414--418},
  title        = {Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2015.03.011},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2015},
}

Chicago
Blancke, Stefaan, Frank Van Breusegem, Geert De Jaeger, Johan Braeckman, and Marc Van Montagu. 2015. “Fatal Attraction: The Intuitive Appeal of GMO Opposition.” Trends in Plant Science 20 (7): 414–418.
APA
Blancke, S., Van Breusegem, F., De Jaeger, G., Braeckman, J., & Van Montagu, M. (2015). Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition. TRENDS IN PLANT SCIENCE, 20(7), 414–418.
Vancouver
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Blancke S, Van Breusegem F, De Jaeger G, Braeckman J, Van Montagu M. Fatal attraction: the intuitive appeal of GMO opposition. TRENDS IN PLANT SCIENCE. 2015;20(7):414–8.
MLA
Blancke, Stefaan, Frank Van Breusegem, Geert De Jaeger, et al. “Fatal Attraction: The Intuitive Appeal of GMO Opposition.” TRENDS IN PLANT SCIENCE 20.7 (2015): 414–418. Print.