I have two thoughts on this. First, the people who read this blog (and responded to this poll) are abnormal as far as their food purchases are concerned, or second, that the conventional wisdom is wrong.
While talking to Ron Bailey at PERC, I mentioned this poll. He said that organic food is a waste of money (see Penn and Teller here and here), but admitted that he and his wife buy "nicer food" because they can afford it. I see his point -- that we should not require that everyone pay lots for "boutique" food -- but I also see his inconsistency: If it's so great, why doesn't he eat the cheap stuff?*
I also think that Americans have different choices compared to (more regulated) Europeans and (too poor for mass ag) people in the developing world.**
It seems that our markets are dominated by cheap AND low quality food. (See Fast Food Nation, Food Inc, and my modest proposal of how to balance the food and financial budgets.) I'm not too pleased with that.
What do you think?
Bottom Line: You are what you eat. Do you know what that is?
* Damian's post on food-illness -- below -- shows up today by coincidence.
** I eat more vegetarian and organic in the US and more meat abroad. I'm not against eating meat -- I'm against bad meat, in quality or environmental impact.