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Psychology of the appeal of being anti-GMO

A team of philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture. They argue that the human mind is highly susceptible to the negative and often emotional representations put out by certain environmental groups and other opponents of GMOs.

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This is a great article that gives a different perspective on the GMO debate. I believe that looking into the psychology of how we receive information is just as important as the information itself. This article describes a situation where GMO's... more »This is a great article that gives a different perspective on the GMO debate. I believe that looking into the psychology of how we receive information is just as important as the information itself. This article describes a situation where GMO's are negatively perceived due to a lack of understanding on the complex nature of GMO science and genetics. The article also looks at the persuasive nature coming from environmental groups and activists, and how non-science arguments skew GMO information. Interesting to think about! :) 06-01-2015 9:21pm

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