Some of their findings are highly dubious, however, or else the kids' confusion is totally understandable in the light of mixed messages they're receiving from the mejia. For example, the implication that cheese ISN'T made from plants requires further scrutiny. If they really believe that, then what on earth do they think THIS is?
Luckily the survey participants weren't asked where they thought that well-known and doughty cheese, 'stinking bishop' actually originated, or what his name was.
The kids ranged in age from five to sixteen, with a definite tapering off of knowledge towards the upper end of the range. This is probably due to the older ones being in a cheerful state due to ingestion or smoking of vegetal substances, and their only interest in nutrition, therefore, being due to attacks of the munchies.
Some 19% of this age group did not realise that potatoes grew under the ground, thinking that they came from bushes or trees. A similar number thought that tomatoes had a subterranean gestation, too. However these scientists have ignored the fact that this is a common misapprehension, celebrated in folklore and song, where the despair concerning these issues is immediately apparent:
"You say tomato, I say tomato
you eat potato and I eat potato
tomato, tomato, potato, potato
let's call the whole thing off"
The survey, produced to coincide with the BNF's healthy-eating week, also revealed that more than three quarters (77%) of primary school children and nearly nine in 10 (88%) secondary pupils knew that people should eat at least five portions of chips each day.
Unfortunately they don't know how to make them.