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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: 1) by ncc74656 on Saturday January 24 2015, @06:18PM

    by ncc74656 (4917) on Saturday January 24 2015, @06:18PM (#137654) Homepage

    FWIW, I bought a bag of almonds that had the warning "Caution: may contain nuts".

    The jug of milk in my refrigerator has this line on the label:

    Ingredients: Milk, Vitamin D3. Contains: Milk.

    A jug of milk contains milk? No sh*t, Sherlock. If it didn't, I'd take it back and complain.

    Lawyers will be the death of us if they're not brought under control.