Abstract: To assess and compare the perspectives of university students towards labeling of genetically engineered foods to that of a national opinion poll. Twenty-five question, multiple-choice survey, formatted into the university`s online course management system. Introductory nutrition class at a large Mid-Atlantic University. 39 students, ages 18-64. Student familiarity with, attitudes towards, and perceptions of labeling of genetically engineered foods. Frequencies, ANOVA, Cross-tabs, and t-tests. Signficance at p=0.05. An equivalent percentage of students compared to national opinion agreed that genetically engineered foods should be labeled. (66% versus 62% respectively). Comparison of the two data sets revealed only slight variability between the groups in specific areas. The student sample, gender approached significance (p=0.100) with females more in favor of labeling than males. These results suggest that further research is necessary in determining the expected effectiveness of labeling genetically engineered foods. A cost-benefit analysis should be conducted with consideration to the utilization of this information and of labeling in general by consumers. Further assessment of any effects a mandatory labeling system would have on the food supply and distribution system is needed. Education surrounding the entire process is imperative to consumer trust.
Jennifer H. Schmidt and Charlene Hamilton , 2004. Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods:How University Student. Journal of Food Technology, 2: 35-40.