Americans remain focused on economic issues, which top their list of concerns, according to the most recent consumer survey by the Center for Food Integrity.  The U.S. economy, rising energy, food and health-care costs, as well as personal financial situation were rated the highest level of concern among 11 current issues. Global warming received the lowest rating.  (See poll results below)

“The top five issues each had a mean score above 8 on a scoring scale of 0 to 10, which indicates a very high level of concern on a national survey,” says Jan Wilson of Gestalt Research, which conducted the survey for CFI. More than 2,000 consumers responded to the national survey conducted in August and September.

For the second consecutive year, food safety was the highest rated non-economic issue. It again rated higher than consumer concern over military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

“This is consistent with the results of our national focus group research in April,” notes Terry Fleck, CFI executive director. “Consumers told us their priorities are food that is safe, affordable and nutritious. The number and frequency of high-profile food safety incidents over the past several years results in heightened consumer awareness.”

Complete survey results will be released at the CFI 2009 Food System Summit, Oct. 6-7, in Kansas City, Mo. The Summit is open to the public. For registration information, click here.



The U.S. Economy


Rising Energy Costs


Rising Cost of Food


Rising Health Care Costs


Personal Financial Situation


Food Safety


U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan


Access to accurate information to make healthy food choices


Humane treatment of farm animals


Obesity in America


Global warming


A total of 2018 consumer surveys (sampling error at 95 percent confidence level +/- 2.2%) were collected via a Web survey in August and September of 2009.

Source: Center for Food Integrity