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SURVEY OF BRITISH YOUTH SHOWS STARTLING LACK OF FOOD KNOWLEDGE
The Daily Mail Online reports:

One in 10 young adults in Britain believes eggs come from wheat or maize and fewer than half know that butter comes from a dairy cow.

A third of 16 to 23-year-olds do not know that eggs are laid by hens and even more are unaware that bacon comes from pigs, a poll found.

The research, carried out for charity Leaf (Linking Environment and Farming), reveals a startling lack of knowledge among young consumers about how our food ends up on the table.

Two thousand people were asked to match staple foods - such as milk, bacon, butter or oil - with pictures of the crop or animal they are made from.
Four in 10 young adults failed to link milk with an image of a dairy cow, with 7 per cent of them associating it with wheat.

Two-thirds of the 16 to 23-year-olds questioned were able to link eggs to a picture of a hen, but 11 per cent thought they came from wheat or maize.
Eight per cent of this age group believed that bacon came from wheat, and another 2 per cent said it was made from maize..

Only half of young adults correctly identified that steak came from beef cattle, with 12 per cent thinking it came from wheat or maize.

One in five said that jam or marmalade came from cereal crops.

Almost two-thirds of young adults did not know that new potatoes would be available from British farms in June, and one in 10 thought they took less than a month to grow.
A similar number also thought the same was true about wheat and oats.

The figures indicate that knowledge about foods improves with age.

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