I sometimes feel very alone in my opinions about organic food and the religiosity with which it is bought, sold, and pitched. I had a nagging feeling about the, lets say friendliness between food control or food superiority and feminism. Today I read an article that, while it doesnt make rference to feminism, for me closed the gap quite a lot just based on the nature of control and supremacy with which feminists approach, well, everything.
I have always believed that the issue of organic food transcended the left/right divide, not in a good way, knowing any number of otherwise conservative people who subscribe to the organic food religion. When the most logical of organo-fanatics are challenged I am utterly amazed at how they are able to fall right into the rhetorical techniques they offer no quarter to the left for when the topic is different.
Ive also noted that the loudest and most strident adherents are women, they are the newest diet fad consumers, the devotees to homeopathy, and pretty much drove the temperance movement, all springing from the same genetic well of desperate to micromanage……stuff.
The organic food thing is unique in its combination of being right on a micro basis and badly wrong on a macro basis. Plus, it has the worst moniker ever. Try this, go to the store and ask for the department that sells inorganic veggies. Its good for a laugh, but its also nonsense. The only inorganic food that even exists, chemically speaking, is table salt (and maybe a handful of other things but they are not common)
See the following:
There is no doubt that there are chemicals that are harmful to humans used in the production of pesticides and fertilizers. That we minimize our exposure to those things is a matter of common sense. But what of the data, which we already know, that says life expectancy has dramatically increased with the advent of basic medicines (primarily antibiotics) and fertilizers and pesticides? We are not starving to death, nor are we dying of basic bacterial infections. These two factors jumped life expectancy more than anything other factor. That is why you see that there is a correlation between GDP and life expectancy, as GDP ties to excess food production and to availability of basic medicines.
Therefore, as a boutique type operation, and treated as such by consumers, the organic food (and homeopathic medicine) movement, makes good sense for a privileged minority of people who can afford the time and expense of acquiring them. But thats not enough for them.
When folks start shopping and eating organic, a self-righteous change begins. In other words, they become snobs. They look down on those folks in the grocery store check-out line sticking with processed food, frozen dinners and even those shoppers who do not bring their own reusable bag. And they become downright judgmental.
This form of peer pressure is conflicted. It at once throws off negative reinforcement towards those pesky inorganic shoppers, but at the same time harbors a subconscious knowledge that if all those pedestrians actually responded to the pressure, these purveyors of culinary snobbery would have to look elsewhere to feed their superiority complex.
But they needn’t worry too much because:
Even more importantly, the authors of the study found, their sense of self importance and harsh judgement didn’t stop with food — it carried over to other areas of their life, as well.
Is it difficult to see how women who are unwittingly sympathetic to the evangelical feminists for the moral control it affords them in marriage can grab hold of the nutritional supremacy feelings that organic and free range evokes and cast their net wider than their own home? The 30-something mothers are the worst, as they shame other mothers suggesting its nearly child abuse that they didn’t supply the crispy arugula snacks to go with the chicken strips made from Colin…..the chicken in the following video.
It may seem an awkward connection I’m making between women and organic food, and will especially cause heartburn for those men who have been drafted into the movement. But there is one woman’s blog, and I cannot recall the name, its cited in the testostosphere regularly, who writes extensively about organo-homeopathy topics. In her case I think she is genuine and not coming from a place of superiority.
But that lady unloading a filthy reusable bag of organic veggies (see recent news reports on sickness spread by these bags) sneering at my Mac and Cheese yesterday in Krogers was pissing me off.