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Just one more way to rise above the riffraff

July 7, 2011

Organic food. Hormone free milk. Macrobiotic whatevers.

The Economist:… merely improving access to healthy food does not change consumer behaviour. Open a full-service supermarket in a food desert and shoppers tend to buy the same artery-clogging junk food as before—they just pay less for it. The unpalatable truth seems to be that some Americans simply do not care to eat a balanced diet, while others, increasingly, cannot afford to. Over the last four years, the price of the healthiest foods has increased at around twice the rate of energy-dense junk food. …

Eating organic is to many people in this day & age what soft hands were in the 1940’s – a way to separate & clearly draw a diving line between those who can afford it,  from those who can’t. While “racism” is turning into a punchline for a joke – see Jonah Goldberg – class-ism continues – regardless of whether you are a millionaire who makes $250k a year or someone trying to figure out what arugula is because clearly well-connected-well-to-do-people like to eat it & you’d like to be well connected & well to do.

Just look at what a simple search comes up with: Store Wars, Ramsay lays into organic food snobs, it’s not easy being green around eco-snobs

Newsweek: There have always been rich people and poor people in America and, in a capitalist economy, the well-to-do have always had the freedom to indulge themselves as they please. In hard times, food has always marked a bright border between the haves and the have-nots.

…..Alexandra says she spends hours each day thinking about, shopping for, and preparing food. She is a disciple of Michael Pollan…., and believes that eating organically and locally contributes not only to the health of her family but to the existential happiness of farm animals and farmers—and, indeed, to the survival of the planet. “Michael Pollan is my new hero, next to Jimmy Carter,”

Well, in THAT comparison you hit class AND the ability to feel self-righteous towards the rest of the world. How convenient for them

 “I think ‘local’ or ‘organic’ as the shorthand for all things good is way too simplistic…It’s a little too much of people buying easy virtue.”

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 8, 2011 9:33 am

    Funny, by the way. In our large high-tech company the cafe has a series of coffees. One of them is a “certified organic” coffee, and the staff I ask on occasion tell me that they make almost 3x of it compared to any other coffee.

    Of course, i drink it too. It really is the best one. I think.

  2. July 8, 2011 9:25 am

    Buying organic buys easy virtue. That’s spot on. They do it to feel good about themselves, but the act is entirely superficial and empty. Kinda sad, really.

  3. July 8, 2011 9:06 am

    I’ll occasionally go to the local Liberal-mart. They have good vegetables (organic and non), a killer beer selection, and the bulk section has grains I can’t get at the Factroy-mart. Of course, we can’t go all the time, becuase we have a strict budget for groceries that prevents us from actually affording said L-mart.

    By the way, the secret to success for conservatives in the L-mart: bring a reusable bag, don’t read any literature, and stay quiet. You’re allowed to make eye contact as long as you don’t smirk.

    • Anonymous permalink
      July 8, 2011 8:30 pm

      yes, the not smirking bit is particularly important. It’s a dead give away that you’re NOT one of the faithful…

  4. July 7, 2011 3:41 pm

    Buy organic food, use a reusable shopping bag, and drive it home in an electric car. If that doesn’t make one superior, i don’t know what does.

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