According to a Zogby International survey, 70 percent of U.S. food shoppers say they would pay more for produce, poultry, meat, seafood and other food products produced in the United States and identified as such.
Asked how much they's be willing to spend, one-third of respondents said they'd pay up to 10 percent more for U.S. food; 46 percent indicated they would pay from 10 percent to 25 percent more. Pushing the dollar signs further, 11 percent said they would pay 25 percent or more. Of course, people don't always do as they say. Nearly 15 percent of those surveyed, said they would not want to pay more for U.S. labeled products.
The survey further reports that 90 percent believe that knowing a foods' country of origin will let them make safer food choices. Eighty-eight percent said they would like all retail food to carry country of origin labels.
But just because they want the labels doesn't mean they'd use them. Only 11 percent of respondents said they always check a product's origin, while 37 percent said they check most of the time and 34 percent said they check occasionally.
The Zogby study involved 4,508 adults nationwide, and was conducted July 17 to 19. For more information see the Zogby poll news release.
Source: Zogby International, Meatingplace.com