Biotech: Yes or No?

Biotechnology is playing an ever increasing role in the food supply and in medicine. Scientists have engineered plants that produce their own pesticides, for example, and have inserted genes into animals to grow vaccines. Environics, a Toronto-based public environmental polling firm, asked about 1,000 citizens each in 25 countries whether they favored or opposed biotechnology.

X=Strongly favor or somewhat favor

Y=Somewhat oppose or strongly oppose

Not shown: Neutral or don't know

Selected countries of 25 surveyed

Q: Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the use of biotechnology to grow pest-resistant crops that require less farm chemicals?

China

X 79%

Y 6%

U.S.

X 78

Y 19

India

X 76

Y 13

Canada

X 76

Y 13

Japan

X 63

Y 22

Germany

X 54

Y 44

France

X 52

Y 35

Russia

X 48

Y 19

Britain

X 36

Y 55

Spain

X 29

Y 47

Q: Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose the use of biotechnology to develop new medicines and treatments for human diseases?

X=Strongly favor or somewhat

Y=Somewhat oppose or strongly

Not shown: Neutral or don't know

U.S.

X 87%

Y 9%

Canada

X 86

Y 9

China

X 82

Y 4

India

X 81

Y 8

France

X 80

Y 12

Germany

X 80

Y 17

Japan

X 75

Y 11

Britain

X 70

Y 21

Spain

X 75

Y 11

Russia

X 54

Y 13

SOURCE: Environics International Ltd.

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