Agricultural Biotechnology Training for Extension Educators
Public acceptance or rejection will be important to the future of genetic modification technology. Given that the public reports itself to be poorly educated about the subject, there is an education opportunity for Extension educators. Pre- and post-tests measuring awareness and attitudes were administered to 55 participants (46 Extension educators) in a biotechnology workshop. Respondents' predict farmers will accept biotechnology as a practice sooner than consumers will. Biotechnology workshop topics in reduction of pesticides, benefits to the environment, control of released genes, safer food, harming the environment, added nutritional value, and risk compared to pesticides were recommended for consumers and farmers.
Fritz, S., Ward, S., Byrne, P., & Namuth, D. (2004). Agricultural Biotechnology Training for Extension Educators. The Journal of Extension, 42(1), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol42/iss1/14