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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Public perception of plant gene technologies worldwide in the light of food security

Ewa, Wozniak-Gientka; Agata, Tyczewska; Milica, Perisic; Anna, Beniermann; Dennis, Eriksson; Nick, Vangheluwe; Godelieve, Gheysen; Selimk, Cetiner; Naghmehk, Abiri; Tomasza, Twardowski;


Achieving global food security is becoming increasingly challenging and many stakeholders around the world are searching for new ways to reach this demanding goal. Here we demonstrate examples of genetically modified and genome edited plants introduced to the market in different world regions. Transgenic crops are regulated based on the characteristics of the product in many countries including the United States and Canada, while the European Union, India, China and others regulate process-based i.e. on how the product was made. We also present the public perception of state-of-the-art plant gene technologies in different regions of the world in the past 20 years. The results of literature analysis show that the public in Europe and North America is more familiar with the notion of genome editing and genetically modified organisms than the public in other world regions.


Food security; genetic modification; genome editing; plant biotechnology; plant gene technology; public perception

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GM Crops and Food Biotechnology in Agriculture and the Food Chain

2022, volume: 13, number: 1, pages: 218-241

Authors' information

Ewa, Wozniak-Gientka
Polish Academy of Sciences
Agata, Tyczewska
Polish Academy of Sciences
Perisic, Milicac
Anna, Beniermann
Humboldt University of Berlin
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Breeding
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
Nick, Vangheluwe
Ghent University
Godelieve, Gheysen
Ghent University
Selimk, Cetiner
Sabanci University
Naghmehk, Abiri
Sabanci University
Tomasza, Twardowski
Polish Academy of Sciences

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG2 Zero hunger

UKÄ Subject classification

Plant Biotechnology

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