organic food

It’s natural, eco-sourced, organic, non-GMO & sustainable – so it must be better

One thing leads to another, or these days, one thing links to another and before you know it an interesting article appears on the screen. Quote.

Proponents of organic food have long argued that crops grown with the support of pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides) cause cancer and other terminal diseases.

But they seldom address the major factor that is keeping the masses from embracing organic food: its cost.
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There is no such thing as an inorganic chicken!

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We are very pedantic in our family. We all find it really annoying when people use the wrong word to describe something. Organic is a word that really annoys us. It should mean the opposite of inorganic. The inorganic rubbish collection is for things that are man-made, ie not organic. We cannot throw out tree branches or dead cats or old fruit or grass clippings, for example. If I tried to put out a bag full of  dead chickens or bottles full of milk I would get in trouble because they are not inorganic.

inorganic rubbish collection

inorganic rubbish collection

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Bad news for the hippies, organic food isn’t more nutritious

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Hippies love paying more for their “organic” food.

Apparently because it is more nutritious.

Well that myth can now be busted, it isn’t, leaving the hippies in a cloud of smug with just the extra cost and none of the benefits. Awww.

Of all the food-related countercultural buzzwords that have gone mainstream in recent years, organic ranks among the most confusing. Like its cousins (cf. local, free-range, or worst of all, natural), the term’s promotion by grocery stores everywhere has caused it to escape the strict definitions laid out by the USDA . But from Stanford University comes new research suggesting what we should have known all along: organic food isn’t actually more nutritious than traditionally-farmed goods.  Read more »

Whale Week What Was

682zoomWe started our Saturday by paying our respects to Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., the hard-charging US Army general whose forces smashed the Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War.  He died aged 78.  At The Standard 2012 Worst Political Blog Mike Smith is told some home truths about long term grass-roots Labour families heading for the Greens.  A quick vid on how to put out a boat fire the Kiwi way is next, followed by a vote for Best Minister.  The winner, at 52%, is Judith Collins.  The Whale Week That Was summarised all the stories this blog covered in the previous seven days.  A quite active Saturday Debate (for the time of year especially) led a post calling for nominations for Best Political Blog.  Those who see WOBH as any sort of threat to them (and those that don’t too), should take heed of this Malcolm Tucker quote: “marshal all the media forces of Darkness to hound them to an assisted suicide”.  A CNN piece showing Teachers in Utah taking a class on gun use shows some common sense around the gun debate.  A reader has taken yesterday’s US Fiscal Cliff graphic and created one for New Zealand – great work.  As Cameron Slater predicted from the outset, the Aussie Hoax DJs will not face charges.  The NZ Herald continues to amuse – this time a car crashed into a poll.  The blog then introduces us to two sexy taxidermists showing you don’t have to look like a front row forward to deal with dead animals.  And you’d think we’re picking on an incompetent NZ Herald, and you would be right.  This time they have Jesse Ryder beating himself at Eden Park in Wellington.  Then a hilarious story about a Queensland woman who fell into the longdrop and was there for two hours before being discovered by her husband.   Turns out that during the Falklands War the French tried to send missiles to Argentinia behind Margaret Thatcher‘s back.  Commerce first eh?  The last post of the day highlights a report of a man holding up a Countdown Supermarket with a hammer.  Our readers get fired up about the idea of hammer banning.

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Hippies take one in the chook

I laugh when people talk about “organic” food…all food is organic…I’ve never seen any edible plastic food. However it seems the hippies aren’t getting anything extra from their “organic” food…except a much lighter wallet:

Stanford University Medical Centre has concluded that there is no clear evidence of any added health benefit to organic food. The researchers sifted through 240 different studies and were unable to identify specific fruits or vegetables for which organic appeared consistently to be the healthier choice. They also found that the risk of E. coli contamination was unrelated to farming methods.

It is the latest salvo fired in a long-running war between the organic food industry, scientists and increasingly confused British shoppers.

The research could not come at a worse time for the organic industry in Britain, which last year witnessed a sales drop of 4 per cent in organic products to £1.67 billion – the third consecutive year when sales have fallen significantly in this country. At one point, annual sales were more than £2.1 billion. The great organic boom of the Nineties and Noughties, which saw organic food transformed from a minority interest espoused by the lentil- munchers of north London into a major industry supplying every supermarket in the country – even McDonald’s – has come to an end.

The recession is largely to blame, as consumers decide that a scoop of organic Sandringham Duchy Original strawberry ice cream is a luxury they can probably afford to skip.

The difference between Labour and the Greens

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I always thought it was Labour is nasty and the Greens are batshit crazy but apparently not according to Josie Pagani.

Here’s an easy guide to understanding the differences between Labour, the Greens, and National for those who think that Labour is ‘national-lite’ and should be more like the Greens.

The Green party supports R&D for clean green technology.

What they mean by that is things like windmills and organic farming, which would be great, except that we’re not very good at making wind turbines, and there’s not much science in organic farming.

Lord knows why the Labour Party wants to fund corporate welfare, but I guess they must have sat back and thought there was one group who aren’t on the public teat and we don’t want them to feel left out.

Liberal Elite whinging

Judy Callingham is having a new year’s whinge. Yesterday she took an article about liberal elite foodstuffs (organic, free range, fairtrade, yadayadayada) and conflated that to a problem of the poor not bothering to feed their kids. Finishing off the entire post with another whinge demanding that someone do “something”.

Whenever Judy Callingham or Brian Edwards whinge about something it is usually because they think that someone else should pay or fix the problem. In this case she presents no solutions only demands for action….again which in their world of the Ponsonby liberal Elite usually means taxing someone.

However complaining about the price of organic, free-range, fair-trade, ethically grown food and the fact poor people can’t afford it  is that it is like complaining about housing affordability based on a survey of property prices in Paritai Drive. Next thing he will write a blog post about the horrific costs of transport for the poor based on the average price of cars on Coutts or Continental Cars lots. Worse, an epistle to the NZ Herald about the outrageous costs of public transport based on the fare for the Orient Express.

Judy Callingham is simply taking her Ponsonby liberal elite tainted world view and using it to tut-tutt the rest of us into a guilt trip. Well I’ll be having none of that.

Is Judy Callingham

  • a Liberal Elite whinger? (52%, 213 Votes)
  • well past it? (23%, 92 Votes)
  • a finger wagging hand-wringer? (21%, 84 Votes)
  • spot on that poor people deserve free range food too? (4%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 406

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