B.C. and Alberta residents say they would support a ban on genetically modified foods, according to a new poll from Insights West.

In an online poll, 50 per cent of Albertans and 56 per cent of British Columbians say they would support a ban on GMO foods in Canada.

66 per cent of B.C. residents say they hold a negative opinion of GMO foods, and 55 per cent of Albertans feel the same.

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“A ban on genetically modified foods is a very attractive proposition for Albertans and British Columbians aged 18-to-34,” says Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs at Insights West. “Across the two provinces, those who hold negative views on genetically modified foods tend to look at them as unhealthy.”

There are currently no laws in Canada mandating GMO labels, but some companies have added a “non-GMO verified” logo to their packaging.

British Columbians are checking the labels, for information on calories (60 per cent), fat (62 per cent) and sodium (59 per cent).

712 adults were surveyed online for the poll between January 7-January 9, 2014 and January 24-27, 2014. Margin of error is +/- 3.6 percentage points for the British Columbia survey, and +/- 3.9 percentage points for the Alberta survey, 19 times out of 20.

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