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posted by martyb on Friday January 23 2015, @01:29PM   Printer-friendly
from the DNA->SNA->SLA->TLA->TBA->NBA->NBC->NEC->SEC->SEO->SCO->TCO->TMO->GMO dept.

The Washington Post contains an article on a recent survey by Oklahoma State University where over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,”

The Oklahoma State survey result is probably an example of the intersection between scientific ignorance and political ignorance, both of which are widespread.The most obvious explanation for the data is that most of these people don’t really understand what DNA is, and don’t realize that it is contained in almost all food. When they read that a strange substance called “DNA” might be included in their food, they might suspect that this is some dangerous chemical inserted by greedy corporations for their own nefarious purposes.

The article discusses the wider issue of scientific ignorance driving policy decisions, and there is some further comment at io9. A summary of the full survey results is available (PDF).

 
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 23 2015, @01:43PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 23 2015, @01:43PM (#137230)
    ALMOST all...

    there's more than a few things out there that are pure chemical combinations and were not from anything living.

    granted these are very unhealthy junkfoods usually. but still. no dna...
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 23 2015, @11:13PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 23 2015, @11:13PM (#137468)

    "Sandwich slices".
    Wouldn't surprise me to discover there is no DNA in that.
    Hydrogenated oils, yes.

    -- gewg_

  • (Score: 1) by esperto123 on Friday January 23 2015, @11:39PM

    by esperto123 (4303) on Friday January 23 2015, @11:39PM (#137477)

    Even in those there would be some bacteria and viruses, there is pretty much not a way around it (not even nasa can clean a probe completely).
    So you would still get some DNA.