Why Hostile to Biotech? What determines the public’s attitudes toward biotechnology? The paper suggests that hostility toward biotechnology represents, in large part, the public’s concern for the procedures concerning scientific expertise, decision making and political representation. Using responses from the third of a series of studies on Italian citizens’ attitudes to biotechnologies – partly supported by Observa Cultural Association together with Fondazione Bassetti – and drawing on past studies suggesting that something more than media coverage and scientific awareness are at play, researchers addressed the question of what shapes public opinion of biotechnology. The authors hypothesize that the public does not fear biotechnologies so much as the interaction between science, politics and business.
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Second Survey on Biotechnologies and Public Opinion in Italy: Download a Synopsis of Results (PDF), ca. 300 KB
First Survey on Biotechnologies and Public Opinion in Italy (2000): Download a Synopsis of Results (PDF)