Re: European caution

Teige:  you raise an interesting question, and one that I have often 
pondered myself.  Why is it that Europeans appear to be so much more 
sensitive/aware/pro-active in GE issues (and food safety/quality 
issues in general) than we in North America or elsewhere in the 
world?   I should think that some clever anthro/psycho/socio 
person(s) has thought about/published on this issue, and I'd be 
interested in getting some guidance on where to look.

In my simple mind, I have wondered if it might be related to the % of 
disposable income spent on food.  We in the US and Canada spend the 
lowest % of DI on food of anyone in the world.  Food is cheap, 
readily available, and (perhaps?) devalued in our collective minds?  
If you are going to spend what, 25-35% of DI on food (vs. 10-12% 
here), perhaps you take greater care in what you purchase and eat?  
Perhaps you demand a higher standard?  

Alternatively, we in NAme have never had the experience of wartime 
famine (apart from the Civil War), so we take food very much more for 
granted than do the Europeans.  This may contribute to their greater 
awareness of the intrinsic value (potential scarcity) of food.

Just a few thoughts to add to the collective.  Ann

Dr. E. Ann Clark
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Crop Science
University of Guelph
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