released yesterday said food safety is more worrying for Koreans than
national security, with 60 percent of the people believing society has
grown more dangerous than 10 years ago.
The Korea National
Statistical Office in May conducted a survey on transportation, security
and environment of 42,000 people age 15 or over belonging to 20,000
On security, 69 percent
said they are worried over contaminated food and food poisoning. Public
awareness of food safety has grown since the resumption of U.S. beef
imports became a social issue when the survey was conducted. Given the
melamine scare, however, Korean concern over food safety is expected to
Second on the list of
things making Koreans uneasy was food security including the country’s
increasing dependence on food imports (68.6 percent); information security
(65.1 percent); and traffic accidents (61.2 percent).
On the other hand, 32.5 percent said they worried over national security,
including the possibility of war with North
Korea and Pyongyang’s
On if they were worried
over imported farm produce, 87 percent said "yes" but only 40.4
percent expressed concern over the safety of domestic farm produce.
Sixty percent also said
they feel Korean society has become more dangerous than a decade ago, and
half predicted a more dangerous society in the next 10 years. Only 16
percent said Korean society has become safer than 10 years ago and 19
percent said the country will grow safer 10 years later.
Nearly half of parents
age 30 or over (48.3 percent) want to send their children overseas to
study. A third of parents said they want to nurture their children into
global talents and a quarter said they do not trust the Korean education
The majority 79.8 percent of
households said they are burdened by education cost, higher than 73.4
percent in 2000 and 77.4 percent in 2004.