It should be alarming, then, that the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have released a report recently, based on a pair of surveys conducted on the American public and scientific community that reveals that citizens and scientists see a host of science-related issues in a completely different light.
57% of the general public say that GM foods are generally unsafe to eat; by contrast, 88% of AAAS scientists say GM foods are generally safe.
34% of the American public say science has mostly had a negative effect on the quality of food.
31% believe science has had a negative effect on the quality of the environment today.
24% do not believe government investment in basic science research (71%) pays off in the long run.
You can read the report in its entirety here. We await the promised follow-up report, due at the end of this month. We discuss this issue and others on the 1st February edition of our show, which you can view here.