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Survey: Nearly Half of Americans Support Banning Slaughterhouses Yet 90% of Population Eats Meat

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:20:20 CST

Survey: Nearly Half of Americans Support Banning Slaughterhouses Yet 90% of Population Eats Meat Oklahoma State University’s Agricultural Economics Department released the summary report of the January 2018 edition of the Food Demand Survey (FooDS) this week. According to it, willingness-to-pay (WTP) increased for deli ham and chicken wings, but decreased for steak, chicken breast, hamburger, and pork chops. WTP for hamburger saw the largest percent decrease among meat products compared to one month ago. WTP for all food products is lower than one year ago.



Expenditures on food eaten at home increased 2.72% from December to January and expenditures on food purchased away from home increased 3.99%. Consumers expect a decrease in chicken, beef, and pork prices compared to one month ago. Consumers plan to buy more chicken and slightly less beef and pork compared to last month. Plans to eat out decreased compared to last month.



Taste, safety, and price remained consumers’ most important values when purchasing food this month. Consumers’ food values remained similar to those in past months. Similar to last month, consumers reported that their main challenge was finding affordable foods that fit within their budget.



Several new ad hoc questions were added to this month’s survey regarding consumer’s attitudes towards animal farming and animal-free food. The ad hoc questions were motivated from a recent survey by the Sentience Institute, where 42% of Americans agreed with the statement ‘I support a ban on slaughterhouses’ despite the fact that more than 90% of Americans eat meat regularly. To test the reliability of the survey results and if Americans understood the question, FooDS replicated the Sentience Institute survey almost exactly and found even more Americans, 47%, in our survey said they wanted to ban slaughterhouses. The responses to the other questions asked were yielded similar results to those reported by the Sentience Institute survey also.



To take a look at the complete summary report of this month’s edition of the FooDS Survey for more highlights, click or tap here.



Source - Oklahoma State University



   

 

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