Posts Tagged ‘organic food’

Organic Foodies: Naturally Selfish?

May 23, 2012

Organic Foodies: Naturally Selfish?

“Does organic food turn people into jerks?” asks Diane Mapes at MSNBC. “Study Suggests that Eating Organic Foods Contributes to Moral Depravity,” elaborates Doug Barry at Jezebel.

The study in question:

“Wholesome Foods and Wholesome Morals? Organic Foods Reduce Prosocial Behavior and Harshen Moral Judgments,” Kendall J. Eskine, Social Psychological and Personality Science (abstract)

The moral? “Stop organics, become a better person,” says Tom Jacobs at Pacific Standard.


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Organic Elitists

June 25, 2009

Organic Elitists

Marion Nestle wrote about “Certified Organic” foods in last Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle. Excerpts:

Foods grown on sustainable soils ought to contain higher levels of nutrients … but organic certification does not require higher nutritional values. Without testing, I’d be hard-pressed to know whether the organic foods I’m buying really are nutritionally better. The main point of organics [certification] is production methods, and these require hand labor and careful management, both of which come at a higher cost. 

Food marketers … take advantage of public perceptions that “organic” implies … sustainability and better nutrition. Companies that follow the rules can legitimately market highly processed foods as organic, taking advantage of their health aura to command higher prices.