Warning: Are The Organic Food Police Stalking You?

©Before you go all postal on me, I didn’t make this up. It seems that many dedicated organic food buffs are just jerks. It makes me wonder if they were jerks before or after they discovered organic grown foods?

I am not a big fan of man made fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides or GMO crops. But the real truth is the worlds ever growing population can not be fed using totally organic farming methods.

Commercial food growers utilizing man made fertilizers, hybrid and gmo seeds and plants produce from 20 to 50 percent more produce and grains per acre than can be achieved through purely organic growing methods. This is true for poultry, livestock as well as fruit and vegetable production.

If you grow and buy organically grown foods, good for you, but don’t look down your self-righteous noses at the rest of the worlds hungry for not following your self proclaimed correct life style.

Not everyone has the luxury or finances to grow or pay double the price buying organic foods. When 1/2 the worlds population have no electric service, natural gas for cooking and heat, no gas powered cars, trucks or farm equipment, buying organic is not on top of their must do today list. They don’t even have food scraps to compost, any eatable scraps are fed to poultry or livestock to help feed their families.

Source document: Does organic food turn people into jerks?

Renate Raymond said “she has encountered her fair share of organic food snobs”. A recent trip to a Seattle market, I stopped to get a fruit platter for a movie night with friends but I couldn’t find one so I asked the produce guy. “And he was like, If you want fruit platters, go to Safeway. We’re organic. I bought a small cake and some strawberries and then at the check stand, the guy, You didn’t bring your own bag? I need to charge you if you didn’t bring your own bag. They were so snotty and arrogant.

A new study published this week in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science, has found that organic food may just make people act like jerks. New research has determined that a judgmental attitude may just go hand in hand with exposure to organic foods.

Kendall Eskine, assistant professor of the department of psychological sciences at Loyola University in New Orleans said “There’s a line of research showing that when people can pat themselves on the back for their moral behavior, they can become self-righteous.”

When it came to helping out a needy stranger, the organic people proved to be more selfish. Organic eaters may want to rein in those self-righteous stink-eyes. I sometimes catch organic eyes gazing into my grocery cart and scowling. Sue Frause, a freelance writer/photographer from Whidbey Island said “I’ll often toss in really bad foods just to get them even more riled up.”

Not from the USA. Please leave me comment about your home town and country.

Why is common sense so uncommon?
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5 responses to “Warning: Are The Organic Food Police Stalking You?

  1. Mist people I know can’t afford to buy organic, it’s simply out of their price range. I know if I have a choice then yes, organic would be nice but I would prefer to buy food that has been grown sustainably and that the actual growers and makers get a fair wage, for me that’s more of a priority.


  2. This was an excellent and thoughtful post. Although I was raised with organic foods as a child (long before it became chic), I consider myself priviliged. Others may not have the understanding of the difference or simply may not be able to afford them. That is the reality of life.

    History is filled with people who “knew the truth”. Sadly, those people were often the ones who started wars against “the ignorant”. If a person who is committed to eating organic foods truly wants to prosletyze, they ought to explain the value and the taste difference in those products without snobbery. Otherwise, they’re merely tooting their own “superiority” horn.


    • Re: juwannadoright – Thanks for taking time to visit my little blog.
      When I was young, eating organic was a time to muck out the barn and milk stalls, clean the hen house and put down fresh litter, haul many loads of hay and cow dung into the garden, digging it in the hard way with a shovel, raking and planting and hoping for enough rain to get the garden of to a good start and a few July/August rains to get lots of garden fresh ‘organic’ vegetables 🙂

      Happy summer gardening


  3. Unfortunately, human psychology is such that any time anyone does anything they think is virtuous, we are tempted to put ourselves over another person and judge them. Whether it’s buying organic food or recycling or donating to charity, anyone who tries to live sustainably has to keep in mind that not everyone has the same circumstances as we do. Because organic food from grocery stores and some farmers markets can be expensive, that’s why I really support the development of urban agriculture. Small-scale agriculture based on permaculture techniques based in ecology offers a huge amount of potential for growing food with minimal inputs and making it affordable and accessible to a much wider variety of people than those who can normally afford organic.


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