Almost 29 percent said the root of the issue is lack of communication with consumers, and 21.7 percent said it's about food safety and health.

Fear of scientific advancement also came in high, at 20.9 percent.

About 15 percent of readers thought seed companies' bottom lines are the key factor.

Just a few, 7.0 percent, said it's about the ability to feed the masses.  PD

What's the GMO debate really about?

  • The ability to feed the masses: 7%

  • Lining the pockets of seed corporations: 15.6%

  • Food safety and health: 21.7%

  • Fear of scientific advancement: 20.9%

  • Lack of communication with consumers: 28.7%

  • Other: 6.1%