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Organic shoppers 'less likely to show kindness'
Telegraph (UK) ^ | February 17, 2013

Posted on 02/17/2013 7:13:32 PM PST by ConservativeStatement

Organic products make people feel more secure about their own morality, which weakens the desire to act altruistically, the US findings suggest.

The effect also makes people judge immoral behavior more harshly, psychologists report in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

But comfort foods such as chocolate can lead to us being more social and making "kinder moral judgments".

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Food; Society
KEYWORDS: foods; kindness; organic; psychology
My guess is people with "Co-Exist" bumper stickers tend to smile less, too.
1 posted on 02/17/2013 7:13:37 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Doesn’t surprise me one bit.


2 posted on 02/17/2013 7:17:28 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: ConservativeStatement

Your tax dollars at work.


3 posted on 02/17/2013 7:18:59 PM PST by expat1000
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To: ConservativeStatement

And live in cities where people treat each other like crap and are left leaning in their politics.

Lots of irony in the Left.


4 posted on 02/17/2013 7:19:54 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: ConservativeStatement

Liberals/Progs are elitists. Smug and arrogant and think the rest of the world should be in lockstep. Anyone disagreeing (or not living and thinking as they are) should be killed.

Same ol’, same ol’.


5 posted on 02/17/2013 7:20:41 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Oh, c’mon...what BS....I’m conservative and I buy some organic stuff....sheesh....


6 posted on 02/17/2013 7:21:04 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: goodnesswins

And, I eat a lot of chocolate, too....paying for studies like this is ridiculous and a reason we are in the dire straits we are in.


7 posted on 02/17/2013 7:22:43 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

“Researchers” getting money from my tax dollars to “research” idiotic ideas makes me feel a lot less altruistic.


8 posted on 02/17/2013 7:27:02 PM PST by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Some time ago an MIT student wrote a piece in a student publication about a visit she paid to a Whole Foods market.In it she commented on the 10,000 types of cheese and 5,000 different wines they offered (and their price) as well as the cars you’d find in the parking lot....along with other things.The basic conclusion she reached in the article...one with which I totally agree...is that shopping there isn’t a search for health but,rather,a public (blatant,I’d say) display of affluence.
9 posted on 02/17/2013 7:33:00 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The Socialized ones aren’t so social.


10 posted on 02/17/2013 7:33:46 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

What was Elizabeth Warren’s line in her recent campaign? “Ask anyone at the cheese store...”


11 posted on 02/17/2013 7:40:45 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

A lot of them are liberal and are perpetually angry.


12 posted on 02/17/2013 7:51:04 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: goodnesswins

The big difference is the ideology of people who dwell on what is and isn’t organic. You’re a conservative among a largely liberal crowd in buying organic.


13 posted on 02/17/2013 7:53:34 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Never thought of this before but this nation is going to war with itself so where will those holier-than-thou pious nitwits going to shop if they refuse to eat anything they stupidly declare “not organic”? They don’t even know what the word ‘organic’ means.


14 posted on 02/17/2013 8:05:16 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Without the expense of a “study” I swear folks that are vegan are positively hellish to be around.


15 posted on 02/17/2013 8:15:14 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (One "bitter clinger" praying for revival. <BCC><)
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To: ConservativeStatement

All I know the few times I shop at the organic stores....” Whole Foods” or “Central Market” I find the employees really nice but the shoppers are not so nice....


16 posted on 02/17/2013 8:21:01 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: ConservativeStatement
Organic products make people feel more secure about their own morality, which weakens the desire to act altruistically, the US findings suggest.

This is hilarious!!! Organic produce has been proven to offer NOTHING beneficial over their pesticide treated counterparts!!! All organic products provide is a means for morons to pay MORE for the same produce the rest of us buy for less money!!

17 posted on 02/17/2013 8:47:09 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The ones that preach tolerance are the most intolerant people around.


18 posted on 02/17/2013 8:51:19 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Dr Eskine and colleagues, who titled their paper 'Wholesome Foods and Wholesome Morals?', concluded that organic foods and morality "share the same conceptual space" in our minds.

Totally unsurprising. And perfectly natural that liberals, who are finger wagging moralizers par excellence, would be the biggest organic food buffs.

19 posted on 02/17/2013 8:58:00 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: ConservativeStatement

Just writing off the title...I KNOW this to be the truth.

About 6-7 years ago, my family and I were interested in eating healthier and looked into organic food. We lived in Tacoma at the time, and there wasn’t much in the way of organic stuff there (it’s changed slightly, but not much). So, my wife and 4 kids took a day trip up to Seattle.

There is an organic chain up there, PCC (Pacific Coast Co-op), that specializes in organic and natural foods. We went to the one in the Green Lake neighborhood...in other words, ground zero for liberal hell in Seattle. We went in to the store and walked around, looking at what they had. Understand- we were dressed nicely, and all four of our kids were well-behaved all during the time we were there.

The LOOKS that we got....they’d have burned through plate steel. Apparently, the fact that we had kids at all was anathema. The shoppers in the market looked at us like we had come in shouting obscenities and thrown feces on the walls. It was as if I could hear them thinking “You waster of resources! How dare you increase your carbon footprint with those brats!”.....or words to that effect.

I am happy to say that I have never been back, and I never will be.


20 posted on 02/17/2013 9:04:50 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: ConservativeStatement

My Brother shops at organic stores and tries to eat only organic free range meat. He is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and he will go way out of his way to help others, including his drunken derelict relatives and friends,


21 posted on 02/17/2013 9:09:20 PM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: ConservativeStatement
You're right as rain. I've found through my own personal experience that the people with ‘’Co-Exist’’ bumper stickers, the “Vegans’’, the “Organic’’ shoppers and the folks with the expensive bicycles and the equally expensive bicycling clothes are some of the rudest, most obnoxious and self-centered twits you'll ever encounter. In a past life they were either SS doctors or Soviet commissars.
22 posted on 02/17/2013 9:13:37 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The angriest, rudest part of the Bay Area is Berkeley.

The rudest two parts of Berkeley are People’s Park, and Whole Foods.

You would not BELIEVE the people spoiling for a fight, there.


23 posted on 02/17/2013 9:15:01 PM PST by gaijin
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To: cripplecreek

I don’t know if ‘’angry’’ is quite the word. “Exasperated’’ maybe, because we commoners just aren’t on their level. “Flinty’’ as my late mother would say.


24 posted on 02/17/2013 9:16:35 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

You want to shut those kind of folks up real quick? The ‘’tolerance’’ crowd I mean? Next time somebody throws that word ‘’tolerance’’ at you tell ‘em “Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing’’. Learned that one here. That’s why I love(and donate) to Free Republic.


25 posted on 02/17/2013 9:22:07 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Kimmers

That has been my experience as well, to the point of thinking of writing to the very conservative CEO of Whole Foods. Those who work there, in my town anyway, are the darn nicest people in any store.


26 posted on 02/17/2013 9:55:37 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: cripplecreek; Kimmers

We’re Conservatives (didn’t know that for years - - was there labeling ‘back then’) - ?
And have been using good supplements and much organic products for over 45 years. When organic was scarce. Less scarce now, thus cheaper. We care about staying healthy, and choose our own ways of doing so.
We don’t believe we’re being ‘taken.’
Our 4 daughters observed while at home here, and do levels of organic in their families.

We shop at Trader Joe’s, which has some organic products but not considered a ‘healthfood’ store; and a small family owned health food store. Shop occasionally at Whole Foods when I’m in the city where there’s one. Also shop at our Sat. Farmer’s Market, which offers some organic products.

Spouse reads nutritional articles weekly by a variety of authors - always has. We’ve never been accused of being fanatical or purists - don’t feel we are. We enjoy sinful stuff - just not a a steady diet of said stuff.

You (general public) don’t care what you’re missing? You don’t want to jump on the bandwagon? - Fine - leave us alone. . . sound familiar - ?!

We see much ignorance in what some people choose to put in their mouths.
And just what are the personalities of regular supermarket employees and shoppers??! I feel bad for the families of shoppers with ap-cray in their shopping carts, the 3 or 4 times yearly I’m in a regular supermarket.

Funniest of all are people who put only the best in their vehicles, and care not a wit what’s going in their pie-hole!
Do I dare say it? ‘You reap what you sow.’


27 posted on 02/18/2013 2:05:47 AM PST by USARightSide (S U P P O R T I N G OUR T R O O P S)
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To: ConservativeStatement
What irks me the most are the pretentious shoppers at Whole Food with their reusable bags. I never have one and enjoy the *sneer* from the clerk who asks me gruffly...*Do you want a bag*? I always reply...*Of course.* ...Now they even ask if you *want* your receipt....*Of course I do*.

If I reused my favorite bag...you'd be hearing about me on the evening news. And I admit, I am the sole reason for deforestation in Amerika.


28 posted on 02/18/2013 2:50:51 AM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: AllAmericanGirl44

I’ve extolled the Whole Foods business model on FR for a long time ....boy did I get flamed. Now John Mackey, is the *new* Conservative darling. Heh.

There’s info out there about the *decentralized teamwork* and how each department manager is responsible for his/her area...salaries are posted in common areas...and if you have any personal drive....advancement within is common.


29 posted on 02/18/2013 3:01:04 AM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: DustyMoment

Actually that study to which you are alluding, only showed no appreciable difference in nutritional content between vegetables that are organic and those that are not.

The study avoided any measure of pesticides to be found on the two categories—and most people are interested in organic foods for the lower level of pesticides.


30 posted on 02/18/2013 3:06:41 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: ConservativeStatement

When one pays twice as much for inferior appearing goods is it any wonder that he would have a perpetual scowl.


31 posted on 02/18/2013 3:25:01 AM PST by monocle
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To: AllAmericanGirl44

Last summer my wife & I went to Whole Foods. I wore my Vietnam veteran cap & expected trouble from liberal shoppers. But there were no “babykiller!” shouts, nothing, the grey ponytailed guys just pretended I wasn’t there. The checkout gal said, “Oh, you get veterans discount!”

I’d go back if it wasn’t so expensive.


32 posted on 02/18/2013 5:06:38 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: 9YearLurker

There were two studies that I have seen - the one you are talking about and the one addressing the pesticide issue.

Both studies arrived independently at the same conclusion; there was no appreciable difference in nutritional content or potential harm to those who eat pesticide treated produce versus organic produce.


33 posted on 02/18/2013 9:13:08 AM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: DustyMoment

The study I’m referring to, which was big in the news a couple of months ago, didn’t measure pesticide residue at all. Just made a big deal about similar nutritional content.

Studies that declare the pesticide levels on conventional fruits and vegetables safe are those that buy into the US guv’s standards for safe pesticide exposure, which of course have repeatedly been proved too low over the years.


34 posted on 02/21/2013 5:00:35 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

The first study is similar to the one I saw awhile back. The second one appeared more recently and probably does rely on government levels.


35 posted on 02/22/2013 10:02:11 AM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: CodeToad
They don’t even know what the word ‘organic’ means.

I think it's a French word that roughly translates as "bruised fruit".

36 posted on 02/22/2013 10:04:47 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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