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Competing food ideologies of modern Americans at the family dinner table




A Safeway customer browses in the fruit and vegetable section at Safeway's new
A Safeway customer browses in the fruit and vegetable section at Safeway's new "Lifestyle" store July 18, 2007 in Livermore, California.
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The old adage "You are what you eat" was coined long before consumers knew whether their chicken was organic and woodland-raised versus caged and factory-farmed, and before simple white sugar competed with Sweet'N Low, Stevia, raw sugar, agave syrup and high fructose corn syrup.

A new survey by Pew Research Center illustrates that with changing trends in product choices, eating habits, plus more science linking diet to disease comes divided personal food philosophies.

The researchers explain:

The new survey finds that 55% of Americans believe organically grown produce is healthier than conventionally grown varieties, while 41% say there is no difference between organic and conventionally grown produce and 3% say that conventionally grown produce is better. Four-in-ten Americans (40%) say that most (6%) or some (34%) of the foods they eat are organic. Fully three-quarters of these Americans (75%) are convinced that organic foods are healthier than conventionally grown foods.

On AirTalk, we'll talk about what happens when these competing food philosophies come to your family's grocery cart and dinner table. How do you handle food politics with your loved ones?