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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 MichaelDavidCrawford on Friday January 23 2015, @06:14PM

    by MichaelDavidCrawford (2339) Subscriber Badge <mdcrawford@gmail.com> on Friday January 23 2015, @06:14PM (#137351) Homepage Journal

    This according the Laurie Garrett, author of "The Coming Plague".

    Not Publicly-Funded Health Care such as Obamacare. Public Health such as ensuring restaurants aren't overrun by roaches.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 23 2015, @08:25PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 23 2015, @08:25PM (#137405)

    But... but... the free market would sort those restaurants out, honest!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 23 2015, @10:02PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 23 2015, @10:02PM (#137444)

    Roaches do not carry human diseases.

    • (Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Friday January 23 2015, @11:12PM

      by MichaelDavidCrawford (2339) Subscriber Badge <mdcrawford@gmail.com> on Friday January 23 2015, @11:12PM (#137467) Homepage Journal

      I'm heavily into cooking. I've always thought it would be cool to operate my own restaurant.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 24 2015, @01:42AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 24 2015, @01:42AM (#137509)

        Catering might be a good stepping stone. You have a limited menu, set dates to plan for, do not have to deal with the restaurant stuff, and the initial investment is not as high.

        I would recommend buying an immersion circulator if you do not already have one and like to cook.