The Corner

In Defense of Organic

From a reader:

Dear Mr. Goldberg,

Love your work. That said- you are just plain wrong

about the whole foods thing. Like you, I used to be

real happy eating oreos and cheetos. I used to make a

casserole made mostly out of Doritos for dinner that

you would have just loved. Then my daughter and

Husband were diagnosed with an autoimmune disease- not

by a naturopath either, by a certified MD. He informed

us that because we live in Ohio, the amount of

pesticides put on our vegetables was part of what was

making them sick. We would have to go organic. We

would have to become whole food hippies, or watch her

continue to suffer. Kicking and screaming all the way,

we now shop at the revolting whole foods stores which

I agree are filled with appalling $6 bars of soap.

They are cram packed with trendy liberals and boomers

who come to enjoy the ambience of world music and

smugness. But I have become a reluctant believer. Are

there plenty of products labeled organic just for

marketing purposes? You bet- but since we switched to

more natural foods, my family is much healthier. I

have to agree with Warren Bell that it really is more

conservative to eat like our Grandparents did. This

isn’t a “trend”- those of us embracing this are

getting in on the ground floor. You are missing the

boat. Think of little Lucy! Do it for the children!!!


[Name withheld]

Me: Two points: 1) While I believe everything this nice lady says about her personal experience, let us remember that the plural of anecdote is not data.

2) I hereby decree with full Papal authority that each and every conservative who wants to be a crunchy conservative may do so with my blessing if they get a note from their doctor.

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