Buying Organic Can Make You A Jerk, Study Says

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    May 22, 2012 9:07 AM GMT
    http://www.inquisitr.com/239495/buying-organic-makes-you-a-jerk-study-says/

    People who buy organic food tend to act like jerks, according to a study published on May 15th in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science.

    The study’s lead author, Kendall Eskine, is an assistant professor of the department of psychological sciences at Loyola University in New Orleans. According to the study, Eskine stated:

    “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.”

    He went on to say that:

    “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.”

    Newser reports that the study separated 60 people into three different groups. One of the groups looked at photos of organic food, another looked at comfort foods, such as cookies and brownies, and the last looked at foods that were neither, such as mustard and oatmeal.

    Finally, the groups were asked to take place in a morality judgement. According to MSNBC, Kendall stated:

    “We found that the organic people judged much harder compared to the control or comfort food groups. On a scale of 1 to 7, the organic people were like 5.5 while the controls were about a 5 and the comfort food people were like a 4.89.”

    He concluded by saying:

    “People may feel like they’ve done their good deed. That they have permission, or license, to act unethically later on. It’s like when you go to the gym and run a few miles and you feel good about yourself, so you eat a candy bar.”
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    May 22, 2012 1:18 PM GMT
    “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.”
    ...

    “People may feel like they’ve done their good deed. That they have permission, or license, to act unethically later on. ..."

    This is probably the basis for religious conflict.
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    May 22, 2012 1:28 PM GMT
    n8698u said“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.”
    ...

    “People may feel like they’ve done their good deed. That they have permission, or license, to act unethically later on. ..."

    This is probably the basis for religious conflict.


    Hmmm, interesting thought....

    I remember very often at work, at the end of the day, people would say: "now, a cigarette, I deserved that after working so hard!".... its a way of rationalising our behaviour which we do not approve of ourselves
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    May 22, 2012 1:35 PM GMT
    GreenHopper said
    n8698u said“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.”
    ...

    “People may feel like they’ve done their good deed. That they have permission, or license, to act unethically later on. ..."

    This is probably the basis for religious conflict.


    Hmmm, interesting thought....

    I remember very often at work, at the end of the day, people would say: "now, a cigarette, I deserved that after working so hard!".... its a way of rationalising our behaviour which we do not approve of ourselves




    Is that an organic cigarette? I don't want a cigarette with a bunch of dangerous pesticides.
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    May 22, 2012 1:42 PM GMT
    Iceblink said
    GreenHopper said
    n8698u said“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.”
    ...

    “People may feel like they’ve done their good deed. That they have permission, or license, to act unethically later on. ..."

    This is probably the basis for religious conflict.


    Hmmm, interesting thought....

    I remember very often at work, at the end of the day, people would say: "now, a cigarette, I deserved that after working so hard!".... its a way of rationalising our behaviour which we do not approve of ourselves




    Is that an organic cigarette? I don't want a cigarette with a bunch of dangerous pesticides.


    Oh they still use deadly pesticides... just not the synthetic ones.
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    May 22, 2012 1:54 PM GMT
    People eat organic produce for moral reasons.
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    http://www.pesticideinfo.org/DS.jsp?sk=13045

    Toxicity and carcinogens have nothing to do with it.

    Right.

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    May 22, 2012 1:58 PM GMT
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    http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2008/01/19/6-organic-food/
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    May 22, 2012 1:59 PM GMT
    I buy organic and drive a BMW. I think that makes me an uber jerk.
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    May 22, 2012 2:08 PM GMT
    This has got to be the stupidest study ever done!

    *nibbles on organic candy bar*
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    May 22, 2012 2:09 PM GMT
    i'd believe it...
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    May 22, 2012 2:15 PM GMT
    Stuttershock said
    Iceblink said
    GreenHopper said
    n8698u said“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.”
    ...

    “People may feel like they’ve done their good deed. That they have permission, or license, to act unethically later on. ..."

    This is probably the basis for religious conflict.


    Hmmm, interesting thought....

    I remember very often at work, at the end of the day, people would say: "now, a cigarette, I deserved that after working so hard!".... its a way of rationalising our behaviour which we do not approve of ourselves




    Is that an organic cigarette? I don't want a cigarette with a bunch of dangerous pesticides.


    Oh they still use deadly pesticides... just not the synthetic ones.


    I still only use organic. This afternoon I will put on my organic suntan lotion as I lay in the sun smoking my organic cigarettes.
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    May 22, 2012 2:49 PM GMT
    Organic pot anyone?
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    May 22, 2012 2:57 PM GMT
    Well - this is one of the reasons I avoid Whole Foods - that, plus the fact that their prices are way higher than any other store. The entitled attitude of some of their customers, at least where I live, makes shopping there pretty difficult. Carts left in the middle of the aisle, other shoppers reaching around you, the negativity is palpable.

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    May 22, 2012 3:05 PM GMT
    People who buy foods containing high fructose corn syrup end up getting fat, ugly, and unhealthy.
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    May 22, 2012 3:08 PM GMT
    This is rubbish. I was a self-righteous jerk long before I started buying organic. icon_mad.gif
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    May 22, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    I buy some organic food, but not all. I drive a hybrid, but it's an SUV. Does that make me a partial jerk? I'd like to think I'm a full jerk, but maybe that's just me being arrogant again. icon_neutral.gif
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    May 22, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    Organically grown food has never been conclusively proven to be any more nutritious than conventionally grown food.
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    May 22, 2012 3:12 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidPeople who buy foods containing high fructose corn syrup end up getting fat, ugly, and unhealthy.



    but if I buy organic high fructose corn syrup then I am organically fat, ugly, and unhealthy.
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    May 22, 2012 3:14 PM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidI buy some organic food, but not all. I drive a hybrid, but it's an SUV. Does that make me a partial jerk? I'd like to think I'm a full jerk, but maybe that's just me being arrogant again. icon_neutral.gif


    Don't worry about it, you are still super jerkish. icon_razz.gif

    My cheapskate side beats my snooty organic side. I spend most of my food dollar at Costco/BJs and at local Asian markets, where the produce is much more varied and way way cheaper.icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 22, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    OK, let's examine this statement, lol.

    " Newser reports that the study separated 60 people into three different groups. One of the groups looked at photos of organic food, another looked at comfort foods, such as cookies and brownies, and the last looked at foods that were neither, such as mustard and oatmeal. "

    Look at these comfort foods:

    http://www.oetker.ca/en/product/organics


    http://www.lpksculinarygroove.com/pastries.html

    Flawed studies are flawed.



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    May 22, 2012 3:17 PM GMT

    PS Walmart has a huge organic section, per the OP in another topic.
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    May 22, 2012 3:18 PM GMT
    showme saidDon't worry about it, you are still super jerkish. icon_razz.gif


    Phew! I thought I was losing my edge! icon_wink.gif
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    May 22, 2012 3:27 PM GMT
    The conclusion sounds like a big jump to me.

    “We found that the organic people judged much harder compared to the control or comfort food groups. On a scale of 1 to 7, the organic people were like 5.5 while the controls were about a 5 and the comfort food people were like a 4.89.”

    Well...yeah...they go out of their way to reduce the number of chemicals in their lives. So yeah...they take the time to evaluate things further than someone that does not care.I think that 'evaluate' is more accurate than 'judge'.

    And the second paragraph in the article seems silly to me. There are areas that do have laws now that require businesses to charge for bags if they do not bring them. It also sounds like he went to a small mom/pop type market. Those stores do not have the space to offer the variety that the larger stores offer.It is silly to expect them to.

    The study was based on 60 people.
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    May 22, 2012 3:28 PM GMT
    meninlove said People eat organic produce for moral reasons.
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    http://www.pesticideinfo.org/DS.jsp?sk=13045

    Toxicity and carcinogens have nothing to do with it.

    Right.

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    The article never said that people were buying organic for moral reasons. It just said an (obviously) unintentional side effect tended to be that they felt or became self-righteous when buying organic became a habit.
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    May 22, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
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    meninlove said People eat organic produce for moral reasons.
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    http://www.pesticideinfo.org/DS.jsp?sk=13045

    Toxicity and carcinogens have nothing to do with it.

    Right.

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    The article never said that people were buying organic for moral reasons. It just said an (obviously) unintentional side effect tended to be that they felt or became self-righteous when buying organic became a habit.


    I was addressing this line of the article:
    "“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.”
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