Poll: Public disconnect on food and climate change, rising interest in meat alternatives
Michigan State University (MSU)'s seventh Food Literacy and Engagement Poll found most Americans are not aware of the relationships between our diets and the planet.
- 41% say they never or rarely seek information about where their food was grown or how it was produced
- 23% of Americans mistakenly believe that transportation of food produces the most greenhouse gas emissions in food production, even though it only accounts for 6%.
- And 61% thought reducing pesticide use would limit the food system’s impact on climate change. (While the use of pesticides can cause other environmental and public health impacts, it is not a big contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, compared to other factors.)
- Only 44% of respondents were aware that increasing the consumption of plant-based foods could have a significant impact on the release of greenhouse gases.
- 41% of Americans are likely to purchase foods that look and taste identical to meat, but are artificially produced, up from 33% in February 2018.
- 87% say they take steps to reduce the amount of food wasted in their home.
- 56% trust academic or university scientists; 50% trust government scientists; and 48% trust industry scientists when it comes to the health and safety of food.