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Posted on 06/02/2012 1:24:50 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Does eating organic food make you a jerk?
By Dr. Dale Archer
Published June 02, 2012
What image does that word conjure up? Is it your uncle Joe, who lives in a McMansion, complete a large staff to serve his every whim while never saying, "thank you"?
Perhaps your sisters boyfriend who drives the Bugatti Veyron and talks about it to anyone who will listen?
Maybe a friend of a friend who dons thousands of dollars of exclusive designer clothing to go to the grocery store?
Or, perhaps, it's your next-door-neighbor who buys and eats organic food.
A new and very provocative study, "Wholesome Foods and Wholesome Morals? Organic Foods Reduce Prosocial Behavior and Harshen Moral Judgments," by Dr. Kendall J. Eskine from Loyola University New Orleans, indicates that buying and consuming organic foods can actually induce self righteousness and selfish behavior.
In other words, it can make you a jerk.
What influences someone to go organic? Organic foods in general cost more than conventionally grown foods, so why pay more for already expensive food?
Some controversial explanations are provided by the author of the study:
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It just makes you an organic jerk!
Not if you roll your own, but if you use it for status, yeah you’re a jerk.
My garden is organic. I use natural pesticides as much as possible but if something starts to get the upper hand, I bring out the big pharma-guns.
No. Organic just means the real food we all ate only 15 years ago. Jerks are jerks. There were jerks back then too - they were called Gormet jerks.
Produce that is non organic contains pesticides and herbicides that cause neurodegenerative diseases. Produce that is USA organic has far LESS of these. (I wouldn’t trust Chinese or Mexican organic)
Produce that is organic cannot contain GMO foods. All corn and soy and lots of other things that are not organic contain GMO foods. Neurotoxins — brain destroyers -— abound in the herbicides these plants CONTAIN. When you eat them, you CONTAIN them. If you want to lessen your risk of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s or gehrig’s when you are older, you need to avoid neurotoxins when you are younger.
If you choose organic, especially in any plant that is soft without a huge protective peel (go ahead and eat non organic citrus and bananas, for example) are smarter, and kinder to your children, who will be caring for you with all of these neurodegenerative conditions.
If you choose organic meat, poultry, and dairy, you are choosing to eat animal products that have not been fed nonorganic feed.
This is only one step to actually eating real food, because organic can still mean unhealthy reliance on grains and sugars, but it is a damn good start.
Here is the way it went down in Vermont.
Rich Hippy dippy idiots move in enamored of the local rural ways.
They gain political power and outlaw stores like Kroger because they are outraged that some of the meat is raised with hormones and is slaughtered with machines or what ever.
They declare that all food should be bought from the local hippy dippy co op which charges 4x the price of the Kroger.
The local who they originally admired cant afford that and have to move away.
The rich hippy dippy organic types sit around blowing through their trust finds and smugly sniffing their own smug farts
Causation vs. Correlation fallacy. Shopping at Whole Foods doesn’t make one a jerk. Jerks just shop there a lot.
Tell me about it. My fiancee’s daughter and grandkids were just here recently from you guessed it Kalifornia. We had to go to Trader Joes and buy all organic food. The kids can only eat some horrendous dried fruit compote for a dessert. No sugar (well I understand that) but everything in their mouths has to be organic from TJ’s or Whole Foods.
We eat a very healthy well balanced diet but we felt this quiet judgmental thing going on the whole time they were here. Which I found to be annoying and pretentious. We joke about it but this guy who did the survey is spot on as far as I’m concerned.
Chili oils work good as a repellent
My cousin is a food scientist. He says that “organic” is a fancy way to say “rots faster”.
...chances are good!
I think that believing the results of this study makes psychiatrists jerks. But then I eat organic food, so maybe it’s just me.
Of course, there are a lot of super smug people who go around telling me over and over and over and over how much organic food they eat. Yeah. Those smug little bastards are definitely jerks.
I like organic food, preferably that I shoot myself.
I don’t drink much anymore, I have never done drugs and I loath libs, RINOs, GOP-e, dems, politicians in general, traitors all .... I must be organic.
I like my dog over most people, maybe all people and I have guns that I am not afraid to lawfully use. Yep, I am sure I am organic.
Fact is, I am so organic that I am getting pissed off at myself for having read this rubbish lib crap. ;>)
I’d write more, but I have some bodies that I need to go bury under my house.
Diatomaceous earth (shell flour) is good too. I’ve got a bag of it that’s actually food grade. I give it to my dogs to prevent worms and dust my plants with it.
I’ve also heard that making tea from tomato plants is a good repellent.
The dog we had when I was a kid used to drink out of the toilet.And it wasn’t even Evian water in it.Organic food? For a dog? Pffffttt!
The first time I saw a smart car I just busted out laughing. I still do. It’s a golf cart!
I’m glad you roll your own.
Most of those I have crossed paths that are into the “Organic foods movement” are typical Leftist snobs all desireous of approval by others in the Leftist snob In-crowd.
I've long pointed out to my kids, when at Whole Foods, how likely you are to be rammed into by another shopper or encounter an aisle blocked by another cart, because it's loaded with liberals who are incredibly self absorbed. We even had another car back into our parked vehicle, and do you think this "caring, morally upright" liberal left a note? I don't think I need to answer that.
In truth, so long as you wash your food, it's just about the same as organic because few pesticides are systemic and fertilizers simply provide Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus and it doesn't matter how they're applied, that's what the plant uptakes.
Agreed. We've eaten organic food for thousands and thousands of years. Not everybody born before fertilizer was a jerk.
My garden was too until I had to get the Sevin dust after some nasties. May have to get it out again this evening. But then home farmers and gardeners are a different breed than those hoity toity holier than thou pasty freaks to shop at Whole Foods and such.
How do you do it so that the tomatoes don't have that burned taste of gunpowder?
Not if you’re Republican. I eat organic stuff out of my garden all the time and my eggs are too.
I just ask these “organic” freaks: “So, did you take Organic Chemistry, the chemistry of living things?”
“Well then, any foods raised with organic chemicals would be a good thing, right?”
Many who grow their own food have discovered the hard way that their crops have been infected by the biggest jerk on the planet, Monsanto.
I let the deer eat the tomatoes first. :)
We’d prefer that you didn’t shoot yourself.
Of course pesticides & herbicides are organic. So are GMO foods. The nuts have hijacked the word to try and make it mean something it doesn’t mean.
Any carbon-based molecule is organic. CH4 (methane) is the simplest organic molecule. Petroleum products are all organic. So is cyanide.
The answer is no.
Wanting to makes you a jerk.
On Thursday afternoon I was killing some time and stopped by a nearly defunct shopping center where my son had taken some music lessons years ago. On the side is a bunch of scrub where there happens to be a patch of Greenbrier. This is a wild weed that grows up a bit like a vine and has nasty thorns. However, the new shoots and early leaves are quite good and can be eaten raw. I learned about it years ago in one of Euell Gibbons’ hippy-dippy books about eating weeds. “Organic”, free and tasty.
While I was picking, a young fellow pulled his car up into the shade of a tree there. I was a little hard pressed to explain what I was doing, as my Spanish is a bit rusty and his English was no better. :(
Vermonters will tell you straight to your face that their farts smell better than yours; especially those Texan ones.
All that chili, you know...
I love that South Park episode!
And here it is:
(Now I have to watch it again :>)
What the study is picking up on is the fact that liberals are self-righteous jerks. The part of the American population that insists on eating only “organic” food (last I checked no food is inorganic unless one counts salt, but I digress) is heavily biased toward self-identified “liberals” and “progressives”, who also, as other studies have shown, engage in less prosocial behavior (like giving to charity or volunteering with community groups) than do conservatives.
I make a point of buying “organic” milk, despite the higher cost, but won’t buy Horizon brand. Why? What I’m really trying to buy is milk from cows that actually get to wander around pastures grazing. I don’t really care that the feed they get when they’re in the barn was “organically grown”. It turns out that the fats and proteins in milk from cows that get pasture time are measurably different in ways that are healthier for human consumption than the fats and proteins in “factory cows” that stand in stalls eating feed (Horizon brand isn’t worth buying because it come from “factory cows” that just happen to eat only “organic” feed. (It’s also better tasting — skim milk from “factory cows” is quit unpalatable, while skim milk from “free range” cows tastes like milk.)
I buy “organic” celery just because it tastes better. I buy free-range eggs for similar reasons to buying “organic” milk, but don’t really care whether they’re “organic” or “conventional” so long as they’re from free-range hens. Other than that, I’ll buy “organic” products when some quirk brings them down to price parity with “conventional” products, or when the “conventional” greens of a particular sort look tatty, while the “organic” ones look fresh.
(I realize some FReepers with whom I’ve exchanged cross posts might think I’m a jerk, but even if I am, it really has nothing to do with pouring “organic” milk over my breakfast cereal.)
And open the door for "protective" environmental and health laws to make food production a nightmare proposition for American farmers and regular Joes who'd like to try to grow something on their property and maybe sell it.
In a very sly way, with all these "protective" values, they're strangling food production the same way they've nearly strangled energy production.
I don’t think that’s necessarily so but I do have to say that Whole Foods has the rudest, most oblivious clientele that I’ve every run in to. The staff are fine but the people shopping are a real pain in the neck.
I’m having a chili dog with onions right now.
Have you been to Vermont? It's uncanny how you have nailed it...I used to see them standing around on the street, noses in the air. I thought they were trying to pick up the scent of weed, but you are right...they were just enjoying the scent of their organic farts. I tip my hat to you...
I've managed not to be a jerk about it, even though it I'm smarter, better looking and in general, superior to those with other eating habits.
LOL! GMTA! Chowing on a bowl of chili over rice right now...
Ever have one of those 'Boomsticks' at the ballpark in Arlington? Now THAT's a chili dog!
Agreed! I hate the Eeeevilll Monsato. Perhaps More than Obummer even.