Public Attitude studies in Australia have shown a marked changed in acceptance of biotechnology applications between 2005 and 2007, and a growth in general public support and confidence in science and technology. Much of this attitude change has been driven by changed global concerns, as we emerge from the 'risk society' to becoming more 'global citizens'. Applications such as genetically modified crops, which have traditionally been viewed as potentially harmful to humans or the environment amongst the general population, are now being viewed as potentially beneficial in treating larger problems of drought, climate change, pandemics and pollution. Many biotechnology applications are now being viewed not as potential problems, but as potential solutions. Similar global attitudes towards nanotechnology and other emerging technologies strongly indicate that society is undergoing a significant change in its attitudes towards science and technology, with increased trust and increased perceptions of benefits over risks.

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2007 -the year everything changed. Public attitudes towards biotechnology

Craig Cormick   Biotechnology Australia

Public Attitude studies in Australia have shown a marked changed in acceptance of biotechnology applications between 2005 and 2007, and a growth in general public support and confidence in science and technology. Much of this attitude change has been driven by changed global concerns, as we emerge from the 'risk society' to becoming more 'global citizens'. Applications such as genetically modified crops, which have traditionally been viewed as potentially harmful to humans or the environment amongst the general population, are now being viewed as potentially beneficial in treating larger problems of drought, climate change, pandemics and pollution. Many biotechnology applications are now being viewed not as potential problems, but as potential solutions. Similar global attitudes towards nanotechnology and other emerging technologies strongly indicate that society is undergoing a significant change in its attitudes towards science and technology, with increased trust and increased perceptions of benefits over risks.

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