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June 24, 2009

Survey Says!

A new survey came out indicating that (surprise, surprise) only 20% of Americans trust food companies to "to develop and sell food products that are safe and healthy." While the depth to which food companies' reputations have sunk is impressive, the phrase from the survey question is both interesting and unfortunate. IBM(!), who performed the survey, put "safe and healthy" together. As a result, we can't really know which aspect, safety or health, is driving that low number. If I had to bet, I'd say safety since survey results often track media coverage of an issue and there's certainly been no shortage of food safety news. Still, the idea that people get the fact that big food companies' products are unsafe AND unhealthy is pretty satisfying

There was, however, some far more interesting data buried in this survey...

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