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Europeans and biotechnology in 2002. Eurobarometer 58.0

Project ID: QLG7-CT-1999-00286
Funded under: FP5-LIFE QUALITY


This is the fifth in a series of Eurobarometer surveys on biotechnology and the life sciences. The surveys have been conducted in 1991, 1993, 1996, 1999 and in 2002. The survey is based on a representative sample of 16,500 respondents, approximately 1000 in each EU member state. Survey design and analysis was conducted by a research group �Life Sciences in European Society� supported by DG Research. The survey was managed and organised by Directorate General Press and Communication, Public Opinion Analysis Unit, and is published as a report to the EC Directorate General for Research from the project 'Life Sciences in European Society' QLG7-CT-1999-00286.

In a year when many European countries are involved in public discussions on aspects of biotechnology, this survey stands as a contribution to the informed debate. The survey reveals that 44 per cent of the public believe that biotechnology will enhance their lives, compared to only 17 per cent who do not. However, while support is strong for medical uses of biotechnology, the majority of Europeans do not support agrifood applications, describing them as 'risky'.

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