What Can Be Gleaned From News Coverage to Improve Science Reporting and Enhance Public Literacy About Agricultural Biotechnology in Ghana?

Ma Lulu Alcasabas Rodriguez, Suman Lee

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Abstract

A content analysis of print and online sources was conducted to assess the performance of the Ghanaian news media in reporting about agricultural biotechnology. The findings show the dominant presence of food security and food safety issues in the coverage of genetically modified organisms that was overwhelmingly negative toward genetic engineering and its agricultural products. Members of the food industry and government officials (mainly politicians) were the most commonly cited information sources. A qualitative examination of news discourse suggests ways to strengthen the effectiveness of communicating agricultural information that will enhance public literacy and foster intelligent decision making about this controversial topic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-109
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Information
Volume17
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Information Systems and Management

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