The purpose of this study was to asess the perceptions and concerns of school students and teachers about animal agriculture. Survey data were collected from 1,358 respondents (6-8th and11-12th grade students and their teachers) regarding agriculture. To accomplish this goal, three objectives were defined: 1) to gauge student and teacher perceptions of the effects of animal agriculture on society and the environment; 2)to rank their concerns about animal agriculture; and 3) to identify the primary sources of agricultural information for younger students. The results indicated that respondents were generally positive about the benefits of animal agriculture to society and to the environment. Food safety issues were ranked as the greatest concern of all three groups and the younger students (grades 6-8) indicated their primary sources of information were family members, school, and television.



perceptions agriculture, students, teachers

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