Buying organic food makes you a dick.
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- Penn and Teller sure make people look foolish don’t they?
Here are links to that episode. Bullshit! Organic Foods
Part 1: Organic Foods Part 1/2 - Season 7 Episode 6 - Penn and Teller Bullshit
Part 2: Organic Foods Part 2/2 - Season 7 Episode 6 - Penn and Teller BullshitMay 21, 2012
- Doesn't this self-righteous snobbery apply to pretty much any group of people (or, cult) who feel they are in-on-the-secret and are at a moral high ground?
The truth is that a majority of people (atleast the ones I've spoken to) would start buying organic if it gets cheaper and more accessible. But then that's a chicken and egg situation.May 21, 2012
- I like scienceMay 21, 2012
- If anything growing/raising organic food is worse for the environment. Since there is less yield, more has to be grown/raised. More crops = more nutrient depletion of the soil, which requires bigger tracks of land, which requires more water. All the things that are being given to livestock are there to improve its health and increase output. Let's say with a "treated" cow you can get 500 Lbs of beef from it and a "natural" cow you can get 300 Lbs, you would require (almost) twice as many cows to get the same output of meat! That's twice as much water, twice as much food, twice as much waste, twice as much land, and twice as many cow farts which (supposedly) harm the environment! I still don't really believe in global warming but that's a debate for a different day.
That's the Fallacy of Causation for you !
Thanks for posting those links , I love that show, the Bottled Water episode is another one of my favorites!
How can you be entirely sure of most of that unless you raised and slaughtered the animal yourself? Yes you can check to see if it's gluten-free, hormone-free and antibiotic-free, but there's no test available to see if an animal was caught in the wild or lived in a cage all its life. Your "No nutritional value" claim is (almost) completely false, considering that a lot of products these days are actually fortified with vitamins to make them contain more nutrition than they would if they were grow/raised by you or I. I think you're the one that needs to do your research buddy, all you have to do is read the labels like you said! Hell, even the pretzel M&Ms I'm eating right now have nutritional value to them considering they contain 2g protein, vitamins A & C, Calcium, and Iron. Granted it's not enough to sustain yourself on and yes they do contain 20g of sugar in a serving, but everything must be consumed in moderation. Without the pesticides and preservatives that are currently used on our food, crop yields would be very low which would drive prices up and those foods would have a lot shorter shelf-life since they would spoil quicker. So you're essentially paying more for the same crops because the farmer has a crappy yield to bugs and animals eating his crops and if you have to go shopping a lot more since your food doesn't last nearly as long, which leads to spending more money. All because you perceive the benefits that organic food is better, which makes you feel better mentally, which leads to improved health. Your mind is a powerful thing and it can do crazy things. Once again, it's all psychologyMay 22, 2012
- Organic food covers only vegetables and fruits?
What if a Hen is raised in perfect natural way and consumed? Wont that be organic chicken? :PMay 22, 2012
- You're probably one of the few that actually do that(visit the farms), which is smart on your part so you can actually tell stuff is organic. What I'm talking about is the people that buy "Organic" foods from supermarkets, not farm stands. I can't say anything about the first three entities you listed but the FDA and USDA actually help (most of the time), I guess you've never read Upton Sinclair's The Jungle . Your body is acting differently to non-organic food because it's not used to it. People say the same things when they've been vegetarians for years then go back to eating meat. Is meat bad for you? Definitely not, why else would we have teeth made for tearing off flesh? Also most of the plant materials our bodies can't digest.May 22, 2012