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US: Scientists, public at odds over food safety

The Californian: What worries consumers about the food supply is opposite from what scientists fret over, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it’s a problem that average folks don’t know what the eggheads are talking about.

That’s a disparity that causes sleepless nights for Teresa Thorne, executive director of Watsonville-based Alliance for Food and Farming. The mission of the alliance is to promote consumption of fruits and vegetables to maintain health. She said the messages consumers receive – particularly about pesticide residue – can confuse and dissuade them from eating healthy foods.

“While health officials repeatedly tell consumers to eat more organic and conventional fruits and vegetables every day for better health, they [consumers] are also hearing inaccurate and scary statements calling into question the safety of conventionally grown produce,” Thorne said.

Click here to read the full story by Dennis L. Taylor at The Californian.

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