The public remains highly mistrustful of both GM foods and the government, according to an official report.

The findings of GM Nation? compiled from the public’s response at open meetings and focus group discussions found that 2% of those asked would not eat GM food.

Nine out of 10 people expressed fears about specific risks such as the long-term effect of GM foods on human health and contamination of farms.

Meanwhile, a report by the Food Ethic said GM foods would not benefit the world’s poor and hungry, as the US government argues.

The report, "Engineering nutrition: GM crops for global justice?" questions why public money is invested in GM crops, in the name of solving hunger, while existing approaches that might work better are ignored.

Executive director of the FEC Dr MacMillan said it was time governments were honest and that "they must tackle the unfair trade rules that really make people poor and hungry".