A recent paper in The FASEB Journal by Brandon R. McFadden and Jayson L. Lusk examines views on mandatory labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods (that’s the best link I could find; it’s not the final, formatted version, and it may differ in content as well). What a shitshow:
Thirty-three percent of respondents thought non-GM tomatoes did not contain genes, and 32% thought vegetables did not have DNA.
While 84% of respondents supported mandatory labeling for food containing GM ingredients (Fig. 4A), there was also overwhelming support for mandatory labeling of food containing DNA (Fig. 4B). Eighty percent of consumers supported a label for food indicating the presence or absence of DNA—an absurd policy that would apply to the majority of foods in a grocery store.
Paraphrasing the Food Babe, there is just no acceptable level of DNA to ingest, ever.
McFadden BR, Lusk JL (2016) What consumers don’t know about genetically modified food, and how that affects beliefs. The FASEB Journal, 1–6.