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National Agricultural and Texas Journalists' Attitudes Toward and Information Sources for Biotechnology Issues

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dc.contributor.author Wingenbach, Gary J.
dc.contributor.author Rutherford, Tracy A.
dc.coverage.spatial United States en
dc.coverage.spatial Texas en
dc.date.accessioned 2008-10-23T13:26:42Z
dc.date.available 2008-10-23T13:26:42Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation AgBioForum, 9(1) 2006: 42-50. en
dc.identifier.issn 1522-936X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/95
dc.description Includes bibliographical references en
dc.description This research was supported by Hatch Act (H-8934) and State of Texas funds; it was produced through the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, College Station, Texas. en
dc.description.abstract What sources of information do media professionals use, and what is the frequency of use, when covering agricultural biotechnology issues? Fifty Texas and 40 national agriculture journalists responded to this study. Respondents accepted genetic modification of plant life but viewed this same practice as unacceptable for human use. They believed it important to continue biotechnology research to reduce pesticides, provide benefits to the environment, and to have safer food. Respondents believed that biotechnology practices would have positive effects on food production, commercial farming, health, environment, fish and wildlife, and small-scale farms. They often relied on their scientific knowledge and previous science classroom/lab experiences in establishing/maintaining their perceptions of agricultural biotechnology. Significant moderate positive relationships existed between acceptance of biotechnology practices and technical publications/reports and the Cooperative Extension Service. No one media source is a panacea; use all sources to communicate the benefits and risks of agricultural biotechnology. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher AgBioForum en
dc.source.uri http://www.agbioforum.missouri.edu/v9n1/v9n1a05-wingenbach.htm
dc.subject information sources en
dc.subject perception en
dc.subject.lcsh Agricultural biotechnology -- Press coverage en
dc.subject.lcsh Journalists -- Attitudes en
dc.subject.lcsh Agricultural journalists -- Attitudes en
dc.title National Agricultural and Texas Journalists' Attitudes Toward and Information Sources for Biotechnology Issues en
dc.type Article en
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Division of Applied Social Sciences. Department of Agricultural Economics. Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center. AgBioForum (Journal)
dc.relation.ispartofcollection AgBioForum, vol. 9, no. 1 (2006)


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