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Some Definitely Have a Lot to Learn ~ Dr. Roger Yates

Some Definitely Have a Lot to Learn!

I remember, years ago, a BBC programme in which children were asked about the knowledge of other animals and animal produce. One 12-year old was asked to estimate how often cows were milked. She replied, "Once a year?" New research on the same lines...

Where do milk, eggs and bacon come from? One in three British youth...

FEWER than half of young UK adults know butter comes from a dairy cow and a third do not know eggs come from hens, according to a survey.

More than a third of 16 to 23-year-olds (36pc) do not know bacon comes from pigs and four in 10 (40pc) failed to link milk with an image of a dairy cow, with 7pc linking it to wheat, the poll of 2,000 people for charity Leaf (Linking Environment and Farming) found.

Some 41pc correctly linked butter to a dairy cow, with 8pc linking it to beef cattle, while 67pc were able to link eggs to an image of a hen but 11pc thought they came from wheat or maize.

A total of 6pc of those questioned knew that salad dressing could come from rapeseed oil, compared with the national average among all age groups of 24pc.

Although four in 10 young adults (43pc) considered themselves knowledgeable about where their food comes from, the results revealed a "shocking" lack of knowledge about how the most basic food is produced, the charity said.

Leaf chief executive Caroline Drummond said: "We often hear reports that our food knowledge may be declining but this new research shows how bad the situation is becoming.

"Despite what they think, young adults are clearly becoming removed from where their food comes from.

"Three in 10 adults born in the 1990s haven't visited a farm in more than 10 years, if at all, which is a real shame as our farmers not only play an important role in food production but are passionate about engaging and reconnecting consumers too."

The charity, which is organising an Open Farm Sunday event this weekend, also found almost two-thirds of young adults (64pc) did not know that new potatoes would be available from British farms in June, and one in 10 (10pc) thought they took less than a month to grow.

OnePoll surveyed 2,000 British adults online between May 11 and 14.


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I've often thought about this when posting on facebook or talking with everyday people who (I'm assuming} probably never think about animal use, that is, will everyone really make the effort to avoid ingredients like dairy if they don't stop and think about (or know) what dairy is in the first place? When I first decided to eat strictly vegan food, there were a few surprises to my l/o vegetarian consciousness, like whey in most loaves of bread. Would anyone who doesn't completely geek out on ingredients even equate a slice of bread with animal use, let alone think about whey as a dairy product? In the recent past, I was doing vegan education with working class folks that had mostly been through the prison system, grown up in extremely low income areas, some admitting to not even graduation high school. Would a majority of these folks ever make the connection unless they were 100% committed to veganism? How would that happen in any real-world sense?

I wish Roger were on ARZone so he could respond.

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