Americans now appear to be more worried about the negative effects of raw or unpasteurized milk than of marijuana, according to Oklahoma State University’s recent Food Demand Survey. Almost 60 percent of those questioned in the monthly online survey of at least 1,000 people said they support bans on the sale of raw milk, while only 46 percent agreed for marijuana. Americans showed even more support for the policies that would limit calories and require fruit and vegetables in school lunches, and label food produced with genetic engineering.
Some of the results are embarrassing for Americans; 80.44 percent told surveyors that they supported policies that would make labels mandatory on foods containing DNA. That would, of course, be all fruits, vegetables and meat. Almost the same proportion support mandatory labels on foods containing DNA as on food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) (82 percent).
Americans’ self-reportedly reading is also fairly embarrassing. When asked if they had read a book related to food and agriculture in the last year, just over 16 percent of participants said yes, while 81 percent said no. When surveyors asked those that responded yes the title of the book they read, the vast majority of responses were “I don’t remember.” Those that could recall named Fast Food Nation, Food Inc., The Omnivore’s Dilemma, The Farmer’s Almanac, Skinny Bitch, and the Bible.