Australian kids 'think cotton socks come from animals'

Published: 06th March 2012

Australian kids 'think cotton socks come from animals'
A new survey released this week shows that most Australian children in their last year of primary school are unsure about the origin of many nationally produced goods.

The study from The Australian Council for Educational Research shows that three-quarters of the kids believe that cotton socks are an animal product, while 27 per cent think that yoghurt comes from a plant.

Most children knew where crisps and coffee came from, however nearly 20 per cent of respondents between the ages of ten and 12 thought pasta came from animals and scrambled eggs from plants.

The research was conducted to help address the widespread misconceptions about food processing and farming and the knowledge gap between Australia's rural and urban communities.

It claimed that this gap was growing and "contributing to a lack of understanding of where food and other basic necessities of life come from".

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