Sixty-five percent of U.S. adults are aware of organic foods and beverages -- and nearly as many (57%) say they are concerned about chemicals used to grow food. What's more, barely 30% of consumers say they trust the U.S. government to regulate pesticides and other chemicals that affect the health of their food, according to a new national survey from the Natural Marketing Institute commissioned for this April's "Go Organic! for Earth Day" campaign.

Other findings of the "Go Organic! For Earth Day" Survey:

* Two-thirds of Americans who use organic food (44% of the U.S. population) would like organic food served in school cafeterias.

* 65% of consumers perceive organics as better for their health, 61% perceive organic food as safer to eat, and 55% consider organics better for the environment.

* Organic food users tend to be better educated, younger, and more likely to be employed -- 73% of college-educated consumers are aware of organic foods, compared to 59% awareness among those without a degree.

The survey, performed in February 2005 on a demographically-weighted sample of 1,000 U.S. adults by the Natural Foods Institute, is nationally projectable to +/- 3.1%.

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Source: PRNewswire