Public Perception on Labeling of Genetically Modified (GM) Foods in Ghana: Implications for Food Policy

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Richard Ampadu-Ameyaw
Johnny Owusu-Arthur
Kwame Dei Asamoah-Okyere

Abstract

Labeling of genetically modified (GM) food and other food ingredients from GM source has become an important national policy issues receiving serious attention not only in Ghana but globally.   This paper focused on public perceptions of labeling of GM foods in Ghana as a way of garnering a view of the public understanding of the technology that has become so much controversial for which several millions of public sector money is spent on education in the last few years. The survey which elapsed over a period of three months, shows results that indicate a dearth of knowledge on the technology and yet a high demand for labelling of the products, even though not many people read the labels on food products. This leads to the question as to ‘who is doing the listening’. The authors conclude that the limited knowledge and technology essentials among others explain why the public seems to reject the technology and call for labelling of the products in spite of the fact that labelling is nothing but a choice variable, which has nothing to do with safety measure. Modifying the present attitude of the opponents of the technology and the demanders of labelling ignoring the cost that may be involved require extensive education and awareness creations throughout the country using tailor made communication forms to address various different groups.

Keywords:
Ghana, labelling, modification, perception, public.

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Ampadu-Ameyaw, R., Owusu-Arthur, J., & Asamoah-Okyere, K. D. (2020). Public Perception on Labeling of Genetically Modified (GM) Foods in Ghana: Implications for Food Policy. Biotechnology Journal International, 24(1), 25-37. https://doi.org/10.9734/bji/2020/v24i130095
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