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Does organic food make you a jerk?
Zardoz
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05-24-2012 09:28 PM

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Post: #1
Does organic food make you a jerk?
Quote:Finally, scientific confirmation for that suspicion you’ve nurtured while being shoved around by yoga-pantsed moms in the Whole Foods produce aisle: Organic food makes you rude and selfish. According to a study by a Loyola University professor, people who eat organic are more judgmental and less inclined to engage in altruistic behavior. In short: Maybe you’ll live longer if you eat organic, but everyone will wish you hadn’t.

Are you now firing off an angry comment about how much standards have slipped at Grist? Well, slow your roll there, Andy Rooney — I’m pretty sure this study is an elaborate troll. After all, the more pissed-off you get about the implications, the more you make the researchers look like they’re on to something here. It’s kind of diabolically genius! Especially once you hear more details about the design of the experiment, which was frankly demented, so buckle up.

First of all, we’re talking about 62 participants, all of them undergraduates (i.e., not exactly known for the tensile strength of their moral fiber). They weren’t selected on the basis of being regular organic food consumers, and they weren’t even fed organic food

— a third of them just looked at pictures of vegetables that were labeled organic.

Another group looked at pictures of comfort food like ice cream,

and a control group looked at pictures of neutral food like oatmeal.


Then they looked at a “packet” describing, and this is for real:

A politician accepting bribes
An ambulance-chasing lawyer looking for clients in a hospital
A shoplifter
A student stealing library books
“Second cousins engaging in consensual incest”
“A man eating his already-dead dog”

The students rated all these behaviors on how morally wrong they were, on a scale of 1-7 [Ed. note: I originally said 1-10, sorry] and the researchers averaged their ratings into a single score — because if there’s anything that it makes sense to average, it’s my judgment of someone taking a Bic lighter from a 7-11 and my judgment of some guy chowing down on his pet.

Anyway, after averaging out those moral judgments and assessing participants’ willingness to volunteer for another study, the researchers found that

the 20 people who looked at pictures of organic food made harsher moral judgments
— a whopping .5 points higher on the 1-7 morality scale — and volunteered less time.

Importantly, this had nothing to do with whether they liked organic food
— just whether they saw it.
(The participants rated food’s desirability separately.)
Voila: organic food equals dick behavior. Science! chuckle

Of course, you could also interpret these results to mean that people are crabbier after looking at pictures of vegetables. (All the organic foods were vegetables; none of the comfort foods or control foods were.) Or that people are more morally lax after they look at a brownie for a while. Or that students who look at oatmeal are fans of incest. Or that NOTHING, because there were only 62 participants and they didn’t eat anything and this experiment is weird.
Continued: http://grist.org/list/doe-organic-food-m...ou-a-jerk/
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LoP Guest
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05-24-2012 09:30 PM

 



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RE: Does organic food make you a jerk?
Hmm just look around here, all of the food zealots are stuck up pompous and their egos required level 7 containment structures.


Go ahead call one of them on their "superior than others" attitude and watch them flip out like a priest accused of molestation.
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Jedi Knight Stevus
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05-24-2012 09:33 PM

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RE: Does organic food make you a jerk?
LoP Guest  Wrote: (05-24-2012 09:30 PM)
Hmm just look around here, all of the food zealots are stuck up pompous and their egos required level 7 containment structures.


Go ahead call one of them on their "superior than others" attitude and watch them flip out like a priest accused of molestation.

I eat organic. . I dont have any of the problems you claim we have.

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05-24-2012 09:39 PM

 



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teach RE: Does organic food make you a jerk?
No, but the Attitude you Get while eating it does!
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RE: Does organic food make you a jerk?
Jedi Knight Stevus  Wrote: (05-24-2012 09:33 PM)
LoP Guest  Wrote: (05-24-2012 09:30 PM)
Hmm just look around here, all of the food zealots are stuck up pompous and their egos required level 7 containment structures.


Go ahead call one of them on their "superior than others" attitude and watch them flip out like a priest accused of molestation.

I eat organic. . I dont have any of the problems you claim we have.

You dont see it....YOU DONT SEE IT...Well there you go you Jerk! It's always about you ....the world revoles around this JERK right here people all Pray to THis JERK. SO after much thought THis guy proves the OP thesis.
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Jedi Knight Stevus
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RE: Does organic food make you a jerk?
LoP Guest  Wrote: (05-24-2012 09:41 PM)
Jedi Knight Stevus  Wrote: (05-24-2012 09:33 PM)
LoP Guest  Wrote: (05-24-2012 09:30 PM)
Hmm just look around here, all of the food zealots are stuck up pompous and their egos required level 7 containment structures.


Go ahead call one of them on their "superior than others" attitude and watch them flip out like a priest accused of molestation.

I eat organic. . I dont have any of the problems you claim we have.

You dont see it....YOU DONT SEE IT...Well there you go you Jerk! It's always about you ....the world revoles around this JERK right here people all Pray to THis JERK. SO after much thought THis guy proves the OP thesis.
Lmao ur mad Lmao

Heartflowers
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LoP Guest
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05-24-2012 10:00 PM

 



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RE: Does organic food make you a jerk?
LoP Guest  Wrote: (05-24-2012 09:41 PM)
You dont see it....YOU DONT SEE IT...Well there you go you Jerk! It's always about you ....the world revoles around this JERK right here people all Pray to THis JERK. SO after much thought THis guy proves the OP thesis.

Headass
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The Evil AC
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RE: Does organic food make you a jerk?
I only eat organic food certified by Monsanto

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RE: Does organic food make you a jerk?
No, just induces flat wallet syndrome.
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Lydia
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05-24-2012 10:50 PM

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RE: Does organic food make you a jerk?
I hope I'm not a jerk. I try to eat and grow organic vege's, but truth be told...I just ate a strawberry frosted (Memorial Day Limited Edition) Pop Tart, so go figure. Maybe it evens me out?

Why should the sky be the limit, when there are foot prints on the moon.
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HeidiLore staff
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RE: Does organic food make you a jerk?
I eat organic foods, if you think I'm a snob, so be it. Growing my own veggies right now.

''There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened.''

"I've always been crazy but it's kept me from going insane"

Open your minds and your spirit

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RE: Does organic food make you a jerk?
it sure does... just go shopping at sunflower market and check out all the pompus rude uber-leftists...
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05-24-2012 11:06 PM

 



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RE: Does organic food make you a jerk?
this may sound strange, but organic food has made me want to smoke weed. i don't smoke weed. not sure what would happen.

Scream1
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HeidiLore staff
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RE: Does organic food make you a jerk?
LoP Guest  Wrote: (05-24-2012 11:04 PM)
it sure does... just go shopping at sunflower market and check out all the pompus rude uber-leftists...

Yeah, I usually laugh at them. They aren't too thrilled with me. chuckle

''There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened.''

"I've always been crazy but it's kept me from going insane"

Open your minds and your spirit

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RE: Does organic food make you a jerk?
HeidiLore  Wrote: (05-24-2012 10:52 PM)
I eat organic foods, if you think I'm a snob, so be it. Growing my own veggies right now.

Who is to tell you what is the way.. Jhikpghf
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