I think I'll go shopping for organic food then go kick a homeless person.
I do plan to buy some organic produce today, but I'll try to restrain myself on the way home.
I was thinking of posting that story with a subject line like: 'Does buying organic really make you a meaner person?'
The question should be does organic food make people into jerks, or do mostly jerks buy and consume organic foods?
imho, the O-word does strange things to folks. LA Times food writer Russ Parsons wrote a story on the organic issue a while back, and I happened to link this in a post today in response to another hound's seemingly contemptuous and dismissive post regarding a local farmer with an otherwise great reputation but no organic certification.
I understand the concern about "conventional" farming (huge grey area as Russ points out), but I'd be more worried about issues like the air I breathe, what banks are doing with our money, and why our country attracts so many intellectuals from other countries yet has a failing public school system itself.
So is this going to be the new stereotype? Honestly, this issue isn't worth a minute of our time. Jerks exist in every walk of life, in every political party, in every place. The author is trying to make a general statement about a large group of people based on one day's experience.
The new article is actually based on a scientific paper, one of those psychology studies in which different subjects are put in fictional situations, and their reactions noted. So all the usual cautions about interpreting those sorts of studies apply.
"After viewing a few organic foods, comfort foods, or control foods, participants who were exposed to organic foods volunteered significantly less time to help a needy stranger, and they judged moral transgressions significantly harsher than those who viewed nonorganic foods"
The way the abstract puts it, it isn't that people who prefer organic are less altruistic, but that thinking about organic foods changes people's attitudes.