Call them confused, uneducated or disconnected, but one thing is sure -- too many teens and young adults don’t know how their food is produced. These results were uncovered in a recent survey by LEAF, a British charity focused on connecting the environment and farming.
In the survey, 2,000 consumers were asked to match images of food with the animal or crop that produced it. Despite 43 percent of younger consumers aged 16 to 23 considering themselves knowledgeable on food production, this range of young adults showed the greatest lack of food knowledge.
'We often hear reports that our food knowledge may be declining, but this new research shows how bad the situation is becoming,” Caroline Drummond, LEAF chief executive told the DailyMail. “Despite what they think, young adults are clearly becoming removed from where their food comes from.”
Less than half of this younger generation of consumers knew that butter comes from dairy cows, according to the DailyMail. Among the adults, 58 percent knew where butter comes from, but still 2 percent thought it was produced by pigs or chickens.
Just 60 percent of the young adults were able to match milk with a dairy cow. Even more shocking, 7 percent of them associated it with wheat.
Young adults were just as confused about other food products as well:
- 33 percent didn’t know eggs are produced by chickens; 11 percent thought eggs are made of wheat or corn
- 36 percent were unaware that bacon comes from pigs
- One in 10 thought new potatoes took less than a month to grow
- One in five said that jam is produced by cereal crops
- Young adults think beef cows do more than just produce beef - 8 percent though beef cows produce milk for humans, and 1 percent thought they produce eggs
Speak out: Do you think these same results could be found among young adults within the United States?