I really, really can’t stand food snobbery, especially from self-righteous “foodies” who obsess over the organicness and sustainability of every goddamn thing they eat. Yeah, it’s good to avoid eating too many pesticide-laden food. It’s also good to consider the big picture and how our ever-demanding diets affect animals and the environment. HOWEVER, being concerned about these things is no reason to be a self-congratulating prick about it.
The organic movement is largely driven by marketing and the bullshit associated with that, but the smugness that comes with it is what gets my goat the most. It’s turned a lot of ordinary shoppers into snobs, much like the Prius cars with their smug drivers. Some people just want to eat healther food, which is great, but others want you to know they’re eating it and what a caring, world-conscious person they are for it. *snort*
Personally I will buy organic versions of certain veggies that tend to harbor high levels of pesticides (such as celery and cucumbers), but that’s pretty much where it ends.
“I stopped at a market to get a fruit platter for a movie night with friends but I couldn’t find one so I asked the produce guy,” says the 40-year-old arts administrator from Seattle. “And he was like, ‘If you want fruit platters, go to Safeway. We’re organic.’ I finally bought a small cake and some strawberries and then at the check stand, the guy was like ‘You didn’t bring your own bag? I need to charge you if you didn’t bring your own bag.’ It was like a ‘Portlandia skit.’ They were so snotty and arrogant.”
As it turns out, new research has determined that a judgmental attitude may just go hand in hand with exposure to organic foods. In fact, a new study published this week in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science, has found that organic food may just make people act a bit like jerks.
“There’s a line of research showing that when people can pat themselves on the back for their moral behavior, they can become self-righteous,” says author Kendall Eskine, assistant professor of the department of psychological sciences at Loyola University in New Orleans. “I’ve noticed a lot of organic foods are marketed with moral terminology, like Honest Tea, and wondered if you exposed people to organic food, if it would make them pat themselves on the back for their moral and environmental choices. I wondered if they would be more altruistic or not.”
via TODAY Health