Either young people in Britain are comically ignorant about where food comes from or young people in Britain like to goof on survey-takers. Or maybe something in between. Whichever, British papers are aghast at the results. Some highlights of the poll of 2,000 youths, ages 16 to 23, from the Telegraph and Daily Mail:
- Milk: Most knew it comes from a dairy cow, but barely. Four in 10 got it wrong, with 7% clicking on a photo of wheat instead.
- Bacon: About 36% didn't know it comes from pigs; wheat got 8% here.
- Butter: Only four in 10 knew a dairy cow is the source for this, too.
- Eggs: They nailed this one, relatively speaking, with 67% picking the chicken. Which means, of course, that one-third got it wrong.
- Explanation? "Three in 10 adults born in the 1990s haven't visited a farm in more than 10 years," says a spokesman for survey creator LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming).