Determinants of public attitudes to genetically modified salmon

Latifah Amin, Md Abul Kalam Azad, Mohd Hanafy Gausmian, Faizah Zulkifli

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The objective of this paper is to assess the attitude of Malaysian stakeholders to genetically modified (GM) salmon and to identify the factors that influence their acceptance of GM salmon using a structural equation model. A survey was carried out on 434 representatives from various stakeholder groups in the Klang Valley region of Malaysia. Public attitude towards GM salmon was measured using self-developed questionnaires with seven-point Likert scales. The findings of this study have confirmed that public attitudes towards GM salmon is a complex issue and should be seen as a multi-faceted process. The most important direct predictors for the encouragement of GM salmon are the specific application-linked perceptions about religious acceptability of GM salmon followed by perceived risks and benefits, familiarity, and general promise of modern biotechnology. Encouragement of GM salmon also involves the interplay among other factors such as general concerns of biotechnology, threatening the natural order of things, the need for labeling, the need for patenting, confidence in regulation, and societal values. The research findings can serve as a database that will be useful for understanding the social construct of public attitude towards GM foods in a developing country.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere86174
JournalPLoS One
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2014

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Determinants of public attitudes to genetically modified salmon. / Amin, Latifah; Azad, Md Abul Kalam; Gausmian, Mohd Hanafy; Zulkifli, Faizah.

In: PLoS One, Vol. 9, No. 1, e86174, 29.01.2014.

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Amin, Latifah ; Azad, Md Abul Kalam ; Gausmian, Mohd Hanafy ; Zulkifli, Faizah. / Determinants of public attitudes to genetically modified salmon. In: PLoS One. 2014 ; Vol. 9, No. 1.
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