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US research shows that food produced in a sustainable way is important, regardless of political view

Submitted by on April 8, 2016 – 4:00 am


Ok, so this is US research and is referring to their new Dietary Guidelines, here we are in the great land of Aotearoa, but this is interesting news coming out of a culture who deeply influence western culture.  This is a very clear sign that sustainable food production has become a mainstream issue and will continue to increase in importance for people.  Ka kai!  

A national survey of 800 Americans shows that 74 percent of adults believe the newly released Dietary Guidelines should include environmental provisions and support sustainable agriculture practices. The survey–commissioned by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research–found broad support for the inclusion of sustainability language.

The survey results indicate an interest in sustainability measures that cuts across partisan political lines. Nearly 83 percent of Democrats, 72 percent of Independents, and 64 percent of Republicans agree that the Dietary Guidelines should take into account environmental considerations as they relate to health, nutrition, and long-term healthy food availability. Americans also indicated a willingness to make sacrifices in cost in order to support sustainability, and 70 percent of all survey respondents said that the agricultural industry has a responsibility to produce food in a sustainable way. In contrast, a mere 30 percent said the industry’s responsibility is to provide food at a low cost.  Read more.

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