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Title: Perceptions of Brazilian small-scale farmers about genetically modified crops
Authors: Almeida, Carla
Massarani, Luisa
Moreira, Ildeu de Castro
Affilliation: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Casa de Oswaldo Cruz. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Casa de Oswaldo Cruz. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Instituto de Física. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to investigate the perceptions of small-scale farmers in Brazil towards genetically modified (GM) crops based on a sample of 15 focus groups involving 111 individuals. The analysis of the corpus shows heterogeneous perceptions regarding these crops, shaped by diverse factors, including economic prospects and concerns with the impact on health and the environment. There are many misgivings about these effects among the farmers, who are keen to receive unbiased information on the topic. These uncertainties affect them more as consumers, as most would prefer eating GM-free food, than as producers, as they consider other aspects, especially economic feasibility, when deciding what to grow. Although most farmers believe they should have a voice in decision-making on agricultural issues, few have made concerted efforts to be heard.
Keywords: Controversies in science
Public Perception
Genetically Modified Crops
keywords: Controvérsias na ciência
Percepção Pública
Cultivos geneticamente modificados
DeCS: Percepção pública da ciência
Cultivos agrícolas
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: ALMEIDA, Carla ; MASSARANI, Luisa ; MOREIRA, Ildeu . Perceptions of Brazilian small-scale farmers about genetically modified crops. Ambiente & Sociedade (Online), v. 18, p. 193-210, 2015.
ISSN: 1414-753X
Copyright: open access
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