This ties in nicely with yesterday’s post about Whole Food’s obnoxious quotient.
A new study by Stanford researchers has added fuel to a debate about the differences between organic and conventionally grown foods. The Stanford report, an analysis of 237 studies of organic produce, meats and dairy foods, concluded that organic foods are no more nutritious than their conventional counterparts. Advocates of organic foods, meanwhile, say that the study takes a narrow view of organic food choices, and that most people choose organic because they want to avoid pesticides, hormones and other chemicals used in conventional farming.– NYTimes
The bottom line: the organic food industry is a racket made possible by consumers’ extreme gullibility, guilt, and self-delusion. Throw in more money than brains, too.
It’s the same thinking that sells ordinary tap water packaged in environmentally damaging plastic bottles at ten times the price on the misplaced faith that it’s healthier.
And let’s not stifle a snork over those health Nazis who suck down energy drinks — liquid chemicals sweetened by high-fructose corn syrup, charged with caffeine, and colored by creosote and shoe polish. Well, maybe not. I’m going by taste.
The sad fact is, just as the Whole Foods constituency is driven as much by culture and lifestyle as concern for quality, the organic foods movement is less about the consumables and more about the consumers. Think of it as a religion based on faith and a wish list. Shopping there and buying that food makes people feel better about themselves whether it does a damn thing for their health and well-being or not. It’s the equivalent of prayer, just pricier.
And like an established religion gone sour, the faithful can get a bit cocky. Unique possession of the One Real Truth can do that to the smug and the smarmy. And it gets you into private country clubs, too!
As for me, if I believed in a god I’d thank his ass for every cold beer, hot meal, and fresh fruit I put in my face, the extraordinary high perch in the food chain bestowed upon me, and the level of civilization that allows me confidence that I won’t go hungry, let alone starve.
Who needs organic food, a premium shopping experience, or religion? It’s not tough to be a grateful atheist when there’s a lot to be thankful for.