The next time you shop at your local Walmart, Kroger, or Aldi, you may think more about how the food you purchase effects the environment in a small way.
A recent survey completed by Environment America reveals just how consumers feel about the environment, climate, and overall farming operations of produce and poultry which they purchase in stores on a weekly basis.
Many of the chemicals which most individuals are unfamiliar with end up in the Ocean, in local rivers and streams, and enter into drinking water.
The following questions were used in the survey word for word.
Do you think about the environment when you do your grocery shopping?
If meat had a label telling you it came from a farm that used waterway protection best practices, would that impact your buying habits?
Would you consider spending more to purchase food that was grown in a way that minimized environmental impacts like water pollution?
The results were very interesting even though all states polled were located in the North-Eastern part of the United States.
Approximately 53% of 1000 people surveyed, said they do think about the environment during their shopping, with 33% saying they sometimes do, and 14% responding with never.
A majority favored the next question about using waterway protection at 73% of 1000 people surveyed. The survey assumes that people know and understand what waterway protection means. Is it beneficial for the environment or harmful? About 19% of responses to the question were sometimes. Does this group of individuals understand the information presented? This seems to be one of the surveys flaws from what we can see.
With 79% of people responding to the third question on whether they would be willing to spend more money on food that was grown in such a way as to minimize the damage to the environment, there is obviously a further need for consideration on this topic. The smallest percentage of the entire survey at 5% said no, and the remaining 16% said maybe.
States where all customers were polled include District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Virginia, and Washington. While this does not entirely reflect the rest of the US with differing views, environments and levels of protection based on state regulations and rules; the simple results of this particular feedback form from customers may spurn further investigation from other agencies to see what improvements or changes can be made to improve our environment.
Source of Survey Data: http://www.environmentamerica.org/home