Knowledge of adolescents completing secondary schools on issues of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically modified food (GMF)

Journal Title: Medycyna Ogólna i Nauki o Zdrowiu - Year 2014, Vol 20, Issue 2


Introduction. The issue of genetic modification of organisms and genetically modified food is the subject of much controversy. Therefore, it is necessary to provide reliable information about modified organisms, as well as the positive and negative effects of introducing them to use. Objective. The objective of the study was evaluation of the level of knowledge among young people about the genetic modification of organisms and genetically modified foods. Materials and methods. The survey was conducted on a sample of 500 students completing high school in the Lublin Region. The research tool was a questionnaire. The collected material was subjected to statistical analysis using SPSS. The test compound was based on the use of Chi 2 test, assuming the significance level of p <0.05. Results. Analysis of the research material indicated that adolescents completing secondary schools are generally familiar with the issue of genetic modification of organisms and genetically modified food. However, the level of detailed knowledge is low and needs to be expanded. Conclusions. Research carried out among young people graduating from secondary schools is not merely cognitive, but also may be important in applications, because it is necessary to obtain information on the current level of knowledge of the issues related to GMOs in order to impart reliable knowledge on the subject. The research and analysis will result in premises for education – what information should be provided during school education for young farmers to produce healthy food safe for consumers, and to implement technological progress in agriculture without harming the environment.

Authors and Affiliations

Anna Jurkiewicz, Franciszek Bujak


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Anna Jurkiewicz, Franciszek Bujak (2014). Knowledge of adolescents completing secondary schools on issues of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically modified food (GMF). Medycyna Ogólna i Nauki o Zdrowiu, 20(2), 149-154.