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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: 2) by RamiK on Friday January 23 2015, @02:30PM

    by RamiK (1813) on Friday January 23 2015, @02:30PM (#137247)

    Fizzy drinks, candy floss and chewing gum mostly don't have DNA in them.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 23 2015, @02:58PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 23 2015, @02:58PM (#137252)

    There's not much spam in that one.

    • (Score: 2) by meisterister on Saturday January 24 2015, @08:05PM

      by meisterister (949) on Saturday January 24 2015, @08:05PM (#137671) Journal

      There's not much in spam, either.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Immerman on Friday January 23 2015, @03:23PM

    by Immerman (3985) on Friday January 23 2015, @03:23PM (#137262)

    They also don't have food in them. They have a few *components* of food in them, but calling them food is like giving somebody a bag of bolts and calling it a car.