The world’s? 70% of planet earth’s cheese consumption occurs in North America and Europe (Mikkelsen, PM Dairy Consulting), which represents ~18% of the world population. Let’s assume from that subset that an overwhelming majority of people who consume cheese claim a blue cheese as a pleasant smelling variety… you probably know where this is going.
Which is to say cheese hasn’t really taken with most of the world quite yet, the most recent NIH statistics citing a ~35% human population rate of lactase persistence after infancy, a very general way of showing a lack of dairy consumption in non-Western countries (funnily enough, a study published by Mario Del Piano et al. in a June 2012 issue of Nutrafood found that most forms of Gorgonzola are lactose free). Though popularity of cheese consumption is on the rise, I wouldn’t go so far as to say popularity of Gorgonzola cheese is anywhere near a majority in any general sense, especially given how polarizing it is even in cheese consuming populations.
That said, I myself enjoy blue cheeses, and am curious as to how many Chow—err, Food Talk Central folks also like it!
PS I’m not gonna sniff the crap out of it unless there’s a hell of a wine pairing afoot, no pun intended
Apologize for errors, typed this in the bathroom on my phone