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posted by martyb on Friday January 23 2015, @01:29PM   Printer-friendly

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 nitehawk214 on Friday January 23 2015, @03:13PM

    by nitehawk214 (1304) on Friday January 23 2015, @03:13PM (#137260)

    Or perhaps it is 2 dimensional food?

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  • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Saturday January 24 2015, @01:21AM

    by HiThere (866) on Saturday January 24 2015, @01:21AM (#137505) Journal

    Well, there's the gourmet restaurant in Chicago that serves as sushi flavored, colored pieces of rice paper... I've never tried it, as 1) I don't live in the area, 2) it doesn't sound appealing, and 3) it's probably too expensive, but oriented correctly it shouldn't cast a shadow.

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  • (Score: 1) by GeminiDomino on Sunday January 25 2015, @05:18AM

    by GeminiDomino (661) on Sunday January 25 2015, @05:18AM (#137780)

    Nah, just 2-dimensional food consumers.

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