Monday, August 27, 2018

From GMOs to BPA, why are the wealthy more likely to fall for food pseudoscience?

, | | August 23, 2018

Socioeconomics play a significant role in attitudes about food – especially concerns about safety and purchasing behavior. And higher income doesn’t always correlate with informed choices. On the contrary, our research shows that affluent Americans tend to overestimate their knowledge about health and nutrition.

A Food Literacy and Engagement Poll from Michigan State University’s Food@MSU initiative reveals that nearly half of Americans (49 percent) in households earning at least US$50,000 annually believe they know more than the average person about global food systems, while just 28 percent of those earning less are as confident. However, when we surveyed people on a variety of food topics, affluent respondents fared no better, and at times worse, than their lower-earning peers.

We sampled over 2,000 Americans age 18 and over online. Results were weighted to reflect U.S. census demographics for age, sex, race and ethnicity, education, region and household income to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.........To Read More....

My Take - Quite frankly I don't care if these higher income or more highly educated people are awash with irrational paradigms regarding food and diet.  That's their responsibility and the idea that there's a "need for food experts and health professionals to work with social scientists to understand ways in which different communities make decisions about food", is just another way of generating grant money.

The only time I care about what they think is if what they think is loony and they work to make it policy for the rest of us.  Otherwise....let them pay more for their food if they wish.  We need to get this. This isn't about more knowledge, it's about culture. They're in love with the culture of self-righteousness within that community, and no amount of information will sway them away from their culture.

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