ICP 93: Dr. Jonathon McPhetres, PhD.
Modifying attitudes about genetically modified foods
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This week, in Episode #93, I am joined by Dr. Jonathan McPhetress, PhD. Jon is a post doctoral research fellow at MIT and the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. A large part of his research as a professor of psychology focuses on science literacy, understanding why some may reject science, skepticism surrounding GMO’s, why people fall for misinformation.
In our discussion, we focus on GMO’s. There is a lot of concern and fear surrounding GMO’s, especially within the health and nutrition space. Is this warranted? Are there legitimate harms associated with GMO’s?
We start out with what are GMO’s, What are real life examples of GM Foods, the regulatory process and the safety of these foods and How Jon’s perspective has changes on this subject over time. We also cover the study he authored, entitled “Modifying attitudes about modified foods: Increased knowledge leads to more positive attitudes”, and end by talking about why people sometimes reject science.
Having found Jon by accident, this was a very pleasant discussion, I really enjoyed it, and learned from Jon’s perspective.
I will post links to Jon’s website and his study in the show notes.
And without further delay, please enjoy my conversation on Episode #93, with Post Doctoral Fellow and Professor of Psychology, Dr. Jonathan McPhetress.
Jon's Website: https://www.jonmcphetres.com/
Link to Jon's Study- Modifying attitudes about modified foods: Increased knowledge leads to more positive attitudes: https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0272494419301045
I’m curious about whether you went into this discussion with a position on GMO’s, whether harmful or harmless or perhaps indifferent. And if that position changed?
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You can reach out to Jon directly on Twitter @JonMcPhetres, and you can also read his study linked in the show notes.
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