Finally, an argument against all those hippies harassing us about how much better organic food is than the “pesticide filled, labor insulting, animal torturing trash” we eat. Alas, everything is not what it seems and organic food isn’t necessarily better than food grown from conventional methods nowadays.
According to recent studies, organic produce is only 33 percent less likely to contain pesticide residues. Neither conventional nor organic produce contains pesticide levels high enough to cause concern. Organic food may be grown with more natural processes, but that doesn’t mean that organic food is more nutritious, as has been so often assumed.
The only significant difference in organic food is that organic milk and chicken do contain more healthy fatty acids that have been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease. But overall there is no substantial evidence that organic food and produce are healthier or more nutritional than food and produce grown by conventional methods.
There is however, a study that suggests eating organic food can turn you into a conceited hipster. Apparently tricking yourself into believing that you’re doing society a service by eating organic food means your moral compass might be slightly off. Organic food eaters may pick up the tendency to congratulate themselves on their food selection and look down on those who don’t share what they consider to be a more ecofriendly diet.
“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,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Kendall J. Eskine said. Organic food eaters were less likely to volunteer their time to help strangers than those who do not eat organic food, as if their decision to eat organic food exempted them from social responsibility. If there were a moral quota, they’d believe they filled it because the chicken they ate was cage-free.
In a paradoxical way, the snobby attitude people adopted when they took the organic lifestyle backfired. Instead of making others more aware of the issues in the food industry, it just gave the consumers a sense of fulfillment to the point where they were actually less helpful than normal people. It seems organic food enthusiasts need to extend their moral superiority to all aspects of their lives, and not just their refrigerators.
School, major and year: A&S, Economics, 2015
HometownRancho Cucamonga, California
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? We keep it fresh. It’s drippin with swagger and is home to some of the coolest cats on campus. The Gavel is always fun and I’ve met nothing short of amazing people and writers here.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? I’d start by getting some coffee and a personalized omelet at Mac. Then we’d go lose our voices at a football game and wear our super awesome Superfan shirts. We would then go see one of the amazing Acapella groups perform. We’d get some Mac N Cheese from the Rat for lunch. We would go see My Mother’s Fleabag for an awesome good time. Then we’d take a break and visit the dorms (i.e. sit in my room and watch Mean Girls…because Mean Girls.). We would then go to a hockey game, then to the Mods, and end the night at Late Night.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self? Eat your vegetables and take a lot of pictures.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? The Rat
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? That delicious Simply Orange juice the dining halls always have stocked. This and a personal pizza topped with ketchup. Judge all you want, but ketchup on pizza is the best thing to happen since Game of Thrones.
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? “I Always Knew” by the Vaccines
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? I was Minnie Mouse as a kid. Not trying to brag, but I rocked the ears off that costume.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Del Taco
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? Easy. Harry Potter. (I’m assuming) I’d get to go to Hogwarts, be a wizard AND be friends with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It’s a win win, for me anyway. If I can’t be a wizard then i’d be friends with the main characters from This Is The End.