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‘Scientists’ Say Eating Organic Food Makes You a Jerk

Anthony Gucciardi
May 23rd, 2012
Updated 11/02/2012 at 6:39 pm
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Do you eat real, organic food? If you do, you must be a jerk, according to a new ridiculous ‘scientific study’ that most likely has financial ties to factory farm corporations and junk food makers across the planet. Instead of discussing the wide variety of health benefits of eating real food — the kind made without harmful pesticides that actually make you stupid, the researchers use participants to show how ‘eating organic can make you a jerk’. Now spanning the mainstream media headlines, the ‘scientists’ use the fact that those who eat organic are ‘stingier with their volunteering’ time as one of the reasons as to why it could ‘make you a jerk’.

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What the scientists do not discuss, as it is much more serious and could potentially change the way that the public eats (and spends their money), is the serious illnesses associated with eating non-organic junk, almost always laced with pesticides and oftentimes genetically modified. They fail to mention the fact that junk food has been found to make you infertile, that ubiquitous high-fructose corn syrup makes you ‘stupid’ through the destruction of your memory and learning capabilities, and how common food chemicals are fueling the obesity epidemic. But it appears that to them none of these factors are as important to the study authors as the fact that those who eat organically (real food) offer 11 minutes less volunteer time than the ‘comfort food crowd’.

Perhaps a more important story covering recent research should be one entitled ‘Junk Food Makes You Fat, Stupid, and Infertile’. In fact, the researchers could discuss the long list of issues resulting from pesticide exposure alone such as:

  • Carcinogenicity
  • Immune system suppression
  • Miscarriages
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Male infertility & inhibited reproductive function
  • Disruption of the endocrine system
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Adversely affected nervous system
  • Massive pollution & environmental decay

If eating real food (the kind that has not been contaminated with chemical additives) makes someone unscrupulous and rude, then perhaps our ancestors were all ‘jerks’. After all, up until modern times the word ‘organic’ was not even used to describe real food.

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1.thumbnail Scientists Say Eating Organic Food Makes You a JerkGoogle Plus ProfileAnthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety whose work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, including the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Daily Mail, and many others. Anthony has appeared on programs like Russia Today (RT), Savage Nation, The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and many others. Anthony is also dedicated to aiding various non-profit organizations focused around health and rehabilitation as well as the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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  • kitokid

    Good efforts, I greatly look forward to future updates.

  • Val

    Perhaps the reason people who eat organic (like myself) "offer 11 minutes less volunteer time than the ‘comfort food crowd’" is not because we are jerks, but because to eat organic takes more time than it does to just drive through your nearest "fast food" joint!

  • Hilary

    I'm pretty sure the are commenting on attitudes of those who eat organic food by saying they act superior and unkind. As if their good dead for the day was eating an organic potato. I eat organic food- I grow my own. I'm not a snob however I can see a correlation between these things so let it be a warning to those who believe they are changing the world: so you may be ie. your own health and environmentally. But do not be mistaken into thinking this is a charitable act of changing (for the better) the lives of others around you. Ironically the author of this article seemed to miss the point of the study and instead was RUDE, UNCHARITABLE and a TOTAL TWAT engaging in a misleading and unhelpful debate aka tirade. Who has read the study here btw? I have.

  • Henry

    This points to the pathetic quality of scientists our education system is pumping out!

    Give them a couple of dollars and they will say and support anything!

  • Maverick

    I say; focus on the so called "scientists" behind the claim. Bring them to the spot light and make it go viral.

    Find out who sponsored this "study" and get the scientific community to look into it and confront these "scientists" in public.

    Most likely, there are no "scientists" and no "study" has taken place either.

    And last but not least; encourage the scientific community to show the general public the difference between ONE trial/study scientific evidence.

    People is been slowly trained to think/believe that if an "authority" (in this case scientists) say something, that equates to "fact" no because there's scientific evidence to support the claim, but because who says it is an "authority" and we all know there are some "authorities" whom are bought and sell every day. Some of us are also aware that some "authorities" don't even exist.

    Let's make everybody aware of this by showing them how they play this game, perhaps starting with Edward Bernays and and his "scientific studies" claims and Joseph Goebbels and his statement:

    "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."


  • Curlybird

    The results of this "study" are absolute nonsense. How can people shown pictures of organic food be equated with people that actually EAT organic food?

    Making value judgements of contrived situations after viewing pictures of organic, comfort or basic foods is not an indicator of any dietary constraints.

    Breaking a group of 60 people into 3 groups, showing them pictures of different foods and then asking them morality based questions is patently ignorant.

    In the first case, 60 is too small of a test group. Secondly, the study assumes that showing people pictures of different foods is akin to eating the foods. Taking this to its illogical conclusion, the "scientists" running the study have made some rather faulty assumptions about the people in the test group, pictures of food = eating the food and lastly, the results of eating/viewing moralizations are displayed as science.

    This is just simply wrong and there is no way of making it correct in anyone's way of thinking.

  • Don Randall

    It's getting more difficult all the time to find wholesome healthy food. Even organic non-GMO foods are filled with toxins from polluted ground-water and acid rain, what to speak of high levels of radiation.

    A famous chef once said in an interview that anyone who refused his meat-centered dishes was rude. I guess it depends on one's definition of a jerk. In my opinion, whoever designed this research study was trying to make those who are concerned about their health look like jerks.

    Besides, more people have food allergies than ever before–so why shouldn't people respect their special needs.

  • the Postman

    "they have permission, or license, to act unethically later on," Hmm. So when did the engineering of unhealthful foods, forcing entire nations to consume them and hiding the negative health consequences become such model ethical behavior? — the Postman (

  • dillyschmickle

    Hmm..lemme think about this a sec..

    49 minutes of volunteered brain-work from healthy minds on real food or a solid hour of 'Which way did he go George?" from the comfort food crowd..

  • t

    yep- fuck them

  • Innocuous

    i'd rather be a jerk than a cancer filled genetic experiment. F**K monsanto and their propaganda. here's another fact-based scientific fact: people who eat organic food can see through bullsh*t propagnada techniques like this pathetic smear attempt.

    • anth

      their hope is that you become so toxic, so confused about what is real, that you can only hope for is for surgery and chemo .

  • Crystal

    This is just another example where a little common sense is all you need to know that these so-called scientists findings is nothing but a bunch of hoop-lah. They were probably paid by some pesticide company to publish something like that.

  • Jennifer

    I appreciate SV's insight about Moral Licensing. Although, if it were up to me I would have called it Moral Exchange. That Moral Licensing causes jerk behavior makes sense to me because it is corroborated by my own experience as a consumer of health food products. I continually observe that women who eat organic are excessively cold while the men who eat organic are generally wimpy and submissive to those women (and probably to all women). So, I guess yes, the men seem to have jerkish personality traits. But the women I would refer to as unnaturally cold or bitchy – not jerks. Although this can be explained purely by psychology it may also have a nutritional basis since organic eaters are also vegan and could be weakening their systems through deprivation of certain enzymes.

    • Linda

      I am glad you pointed out the fact that the cold bitchy women you refer to are also vegans. I have to agree on your thought of nutritional deficiencies as a possible explanation, because as I read this article I could not fathom what or who they could be talking about. All of the people I know who are organic consumers are quite the opposite. Very nice, friendly, moral,on and on….But then again there are a lot of us organic foodies who are not vegans, and seeing as most of the people I know are customers of our farm who consume meat…well there you go! I for one feel that if the world was full of people as wonderful as our friends and customers there wouldn't be all these problems!!

  • Jason_Wise

    If that is true, then eating Scientist makes one Smart!

    • Steven

      never listen to Scientists. They think they are wise when really they just try and create examples that fit into there…Science?

      Scientists are generally pretty pathetic and sold out by the corporations that pay them for there insightful comments.

      Eating Organic Food Makes you a Jerk.

      Don't worry it will be ok eating food that is approved by the FDA will kill your insides, give you cancer, brain disorder, and generally make your life living hell.

      • Ricky

        Please look at the details of the actual study.

        Scientists are not making in claims in this case and rarely do – that would be THE MEDIA and such. The media (that includes the internet) take studies and then twist them into headlines.

        In this case, the study was just a small look into "moral licensing." Nobody is saying eating organic food causing a person to be a jerk or anything like that.

        Don't believe the hype. Now there may be some dishonest scientists, but if interested in science, at least look for the dishonsty straight from the horse's mouth, not from the media spin.

  • Banderman

    The war this Administration has waged on American citizens is one of 'winning the hearts and minds' of law abiding citizens. Your 'heart' and your 'mind' are under constant attack via lies, more lies, and damn lies; along with a barrage of propaganda by the lame scream media to support the lies. Your mind and ability to see through the veil of deception has never been as important as it is now. How many times will they tell the 'we killed osama bin laden story'? OBL has been 'in the news' everyday for the past 8 weeks, ad nauseam. OBL gets more press 'dead' than he ever received alive. They report 'how he died', where he 'died', when he 'died', what he ate for breakfast the morning of his 'death', his family life, where he lived, 'how the secret plan of his death hatched', who outed him; blah, blah, blah. Wake up, please – for the sake of your Nation.

  • Grimriffer

    Really? Well, F**K YOU!!

  • SV

    instead of simply dismissing the study and speculating about its financial tie perhaps you could seek to understand it better. Ultimately the study wasnt really about organic food, but more about a concept called Moral Licensing, where we may act in a more selfish or less ethical manner in some area because we feel we have "earned it" through good works in other areas. This study could apply equally to vegetarians, organic eaters, people who give to charity, ect, basically anyone who feels they are doing something ethical or good may fall into the physiological trap of not putting as much effort to act ethically in certain other areas. A similar concept comes into play with people exercising and then eating something unhealthy because they feel they have earned it or that the exercise offsets it. The point of the study is not to shame organic eaters (though it was spun that way by the media because its sensational), but to inform us of a commonly held psychological bias.

    • darklite

      Put simply…a holier-than-thou attitude; which was derived through observation of those who felt themselves 'elevated' above others, because of the religious practice. I would suggest that those who make an effort to live 'righteously' are entitled to such self-perception. Making sloven living gauche is nothing new. Hell. Even 007's drinking cheap beer. I'll stick with my dry Hendrix martini and caper berries.

    • Ricky

      Thank goodness for your common sense.

      One small look into "moral licensing" and the media spins it into something they know will get people worked up.

      Researchers are constantly looking into a variety of topics. The media rarely covers it and when they do they often totally misrepresent the actual research that was conducted.

  • chris

    Follow the money. Monsatan has spent 100 million so Califoria votes that GMO does not have to be labeled.

  • Steve W.

    You should put that response in the Yahoo comments section. I smell Monsanto all over this article but I could be wrong.

  • Mitchell Brown

    So I guess the scientist that developed those GMO seeds are jerks? Don't quote me on this but doesn't Monsanto prohibit GMO crops from being served in the employee cafeterias because the scientist refusal to eat it? Something worth looking I'd say.

    What I'd like to know is who told them I cared what they think about the foods I eat? As a child I was sick 75% of the time I ate "there" foods, now for the close to 20 years or so I have failed to get even a head cold, let them figure that out.

  • Lee Pratt

    If these scientists think that by being stingy with my time makes me a jerk, wait until they hear my opinion of them. Besides The Jerk was one of my favorite all time movies. LOL. I didn't know Steve Martin was into organic foods, Well good for him. "He hates these cans" Must have been GMO corn fuel!

    These faux scientists do not deserve their little white lab coats anyway.