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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 DeathMonkey on Friday January 23 2015, @07:04PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday January 23 2015, @07:04PM (#137380) Journal

    Then, where in the world does "organic" salt come from?
    1: The UDSA defines/regulates the term organic [] with regard to food labeling. Generally means no pesticides.
    2: You didn't even get the joke right. Organic in chemistry terms means 'contains carbon.' Salt doesn't.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by HiThere on Saturday January 24 2015, @12:49AM

    by HiThere (866) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 24 2015, @12:49AM (#137492) Journal

    I always thought Lot's wife's name was Ester, because she was an organic salt.

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  • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Saturday January 24 2015, @09:09AM

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Saturday January 24 2015, @09:09AM (#137583) Journal

    Carbonate is also salt (in the chemical meaning of "salt"). And it certainly contains carbon (that's where it gets its name from).

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