Acceptance of a food of animal origin obtained through genetic modification and cloning in South America: a comparative study among university students and working adults

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Berta SCHNETTLER ; Carlos VELÁSQUEZ ; Horacio MIRANDA ; Germán LOBOS ; Ligia ORELLANA ; José SEPÚLVEDA ; Edgardo MIRANDA ; Cristian ADASME-BERRÍOS ; Klaus GRUNERT (2015)
  • Publisher: Sociedade Brasileira de Ciência e Tecnologia de Alimentos
  • Journal: Food Science and Technology (issn: 1678-457X)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1590/1678-457X.6699
  • Subject: Nutrition. Foods and food supply | Technology (General) | TX341-641 | developing countries | consumer acceptance | milk | animal cloning | GM animals | T1-995

AbstractWith the aim of comparing the acceptance of milk obtained from cloned, genetically modified (GM) and conventionally bred cows among working adults and university students, and identifying and characterizing typologies among both subsamples in terms of their preferences, a survey was applied to 400 people in southern Chile, distributed using a simple allocation among the subsamples. Using a conjoint analysis, it was found that consumers preferred milk from a conventional cow. Using a cluster analysis, in both subsamples two segments sensitive to production technology were identified. Rejection of cloning was greatest among university students, whereas a higher proportion of working adults rejected GM. The segments differed in terms of area of residence, knowledge about GM, and milk consumption habits. Contrary to what was expected, no differences were found according to education, gender or degree of satisfaction with food-related life.