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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 Tuesday January 27 2015, @05:27PM

    by nitehawk214 (1304) on Tuesday January 27 2015, @05:27PM (#138581)

    At least it is something measurable and actually makes a difference to someone.

    "Certified Organic", now that is a load of bullshit right there. At least they used organic fertilizer.

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  • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Wednesday January 28 2015, @01:52PM

    by mcgrew (701) <> on Wednesday January 28 2015, @01:52PM (#138858) Homepage Journal

    There has been a lot of criticism of the word "organic", but that word has more than just the chemical meaning. OED: "(Of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents." Of course, it also gives the scientific definition.

    Criticism should go towards those who use use "organic" as a meaningless buzzword. If you use glyphosate and call your crop "organic" you're a liar. Of course, true organic farming uses a lot of real, physical bullshit.