Organic Food Makes You Snotty


No, my title doesn’t really mean like in the first definition of the word, but as in the second:

1.  Suffering from or full of nasal mucus.
2.  Having  a superior, conceited attitude.

Organic is better for you

At least that is what a study published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science Journal on May 15, 2012 claims.  As the abstract of the study states: “Recent research has revealed that specific tastes can influence moral processing, with sweet tastes inducing prosocial behavior and disgusting tastes harshening moral judgments.”

I wonder if the assumption the researchers made was that organic food tastes disgusting so eating organic makes you an a**h***???  If they did, how in the name of, (insert your favorite whoever here), did those researchers decided organic food belongs in the disgusting food category? On the other hand maybe they are not saying exactly that, but just that eating, or in the case of this study only “viewing”, organic food makes you volunteer “significantly less time to help a needy stranger” and cause you to judge “moral transgressions significantly harsher than those who viewed nonorganic foods”.

We can’t be sure of what the full study says as it is locked behind a pay wall or available only to those professionals subscribing to the Journal.  Here is the link to the article “Wholesome Foods and Wholesome Morals? Organic Foods Reduce Prosocial Behavior and Harshen Moral Judgments “, but you will have to pony up $25.00 if you want to read it.  I did not, but I am sure someone will, and soon post an in-depth analysis of what the study found and how thorough the research methods actually were.

If you eat organic food, what do you think?  Are you a conceited, condescending, overbearing, selfish, pain in the butt?  If the answer to that is yes, do you think going off the organic food will fix your personality disorder?

Or do you, like me, think that these researchers had a little too much time to kill and thought of a way to justify their junk food habits and maybe try to prove that they, and their eating habits make them better people than those of us that choose organic food whenever possible?  Wait a minute…. let me go check that definition of a snotty snob again.

 Update:  Just as I thought, I found an article about this study written by a doctor who appears to have paid to read the whole research publication.  You can find the article on the Fox News website.
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1 John

I wish I could access it through my fiance’s university account, but apparently very few U.S. institutions are even subscribed to this particular journal. I was hoping to see a little bit more of their methodology, as well as whether or not this accounts for causation (or if already-snotty people are drawn to organic foods).

I’m not too fanatical about organic foods myself, but I have found that some seem to taste better. I usually get the organic chicken because the store brand is too fatty and soggy, and I also usually prefer organic sweet potatoes over the conventional kind (but once in a while a good haul will show up in the regular bin). With bananas though, I can’t tell the slightest bit of difference between organic or non-organic.
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2 Binky

I could see how some snobs would refuse to eat anything but organic (or whatever the latest trend is), but this sounds like another study that gets published because it’s controversial and can get publicity.


3 Randall

Love your sense of humor. Its right up my alley but I suspect most people will take this post completely seriously and miss most of the sarcastic, between the lines stuff. It is obvious to me that you think the study is a bunch of crap but you tear into it in a fun, ironic way. I think Binky the bear is right though. Probably published to just get the authors some publicity. Looks like it is working. By the way I was looking for information on the dangers of teflon pans and found your site and lots of good information on that. Thanks.


4 Will

Thanks Randall… I think. But seriously, Binky “the bear”? 😉


5 Binky

Wombats are often called little bears, so I guess I won’t take offense.


6 RK Henderson

Well, I’ve noticed a bit of that myself, but don’t think it has anything to do with flavour. Puritanism, of any kind, leads to arrogance. I know many food-coöp types who are just shy of insufferable. I also know some of those silly “Look at me, I refuse to eat organic” types. They’re just the same.

I eat what falls into my bowl. (And am often insufferable about it.)


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7 Tony McGurk

I agree with your last paragraph Will. Maybe most snotty snobby people eat organic so that is how they came to their conclusion.
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8 Robert Traynor

To paraphrase Mark Twain, there are lies, damned lies, and studies.


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