Despite fish and chips being a major staple of British diets, a recent study shows kids in the UK are not seafood experts. According to the report, nearly two-thirds of them didn’t know that tuna is fish. I guess they are too busy eating haddock and cod.
“Conducted by pub restaurant brand Table Table, the poll found that 64% of the 1,000 respondents aged seven to eleven stumbled when asked about what a tuna is,” reports DigitalSpy.
Who can blame them? The sandwich staple is served out of what might as well be cat food cans, and the look and taste don’t do much to dissuade us from judging the product by the packaging. It’s also not fair that we label tuna as “Chicken of the Sea” — which, by the way, sounds like a more suitable name for a made-for-TV sci-fi movie worthy of Sharknado-esque fanfare.
It’s not just tuna either that has kids confused. 13% of those surveyed weren’t aware that beef comes from cows and 5% thought ketchup comes from the ground.
But how much do kids really need to know about where food comes from? Thanks to modern times, very few kids are left farming and foraging. Nowadays, “the grocery store” seems like a perfectly competent answer.
In any case, it’s not like children go to the aquarium and see cans of Bumblebee swimming around. Though that would make for a pretty fascinating aquarium.