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Organic Food an attack on Civilisation

Organic food is just a tax on the gullible | Dominic Lawson - Times Online

There are two reliable ways of telling if you have won an argument. The first is if your disputants switch from discussion of the facts to accusations about motives; the second, more obviously, is if they descend to mere abuse.

Ben Goldacre, an NHS doctor and author of the acclaimed book Bad Science, remarked: “In my experience the [comments of the] organic food, antivaccine and homeopathy movements are unusually hateful and generally revolve around bizarre allegations that you covertly represent some financial or corporate interest. I do not; but I do think it reveals something about their own motives that they can only conceive of a person holding a position as a result of financial self-interest.”

His linking of the organic movement with homeopathy is telling. They are cults masquerading as science, rather like the creationists of America’s Bible Belt – but at least the latter have the self-awareness to acknowledge their opinions are based on faith. The organic movement, philosophically, is based on an inchoate faith in nature, seeing any human interference with nature as in some way bad and destructive of the “roots” of creation.

As Luc Ferry, the French philosopher, wrote in The New Ecological Order: “The hatred of the artifice connected with our civilisation... is also a hatred of humans as such. For man is the antinatural being par excellence... This is how he escapes natural cycles, how he attains the realm of culture, and the sphere of morality, which presupposes living in accordance with laws and not just with nature.”

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Well, assuming M Ferry (is he any relation to Brian, by the way) is correct, if these eco-fanatics hate the advances of mankind including our desire to live by the rule of law rather than nature, then surely they cannot complain when we revert to more animalistic behaviour. Biffing them roundly about the bonce with a big stick for example.

Not sure which is pot and which is kettle here.
The arrogance of the 'scientist' is entirely self-condemning under all circumstances, whether they are AGW alarmists or condemners of homeopathy.
Drink up your organo-phosphates, you know they are good for you.

The fun bit (for me) is the idea that farming (of any stripe) is "natural."

Nature doesn't sew seeds in straight lines. All farming is "against nature." It's degrees of anti-nature/pro-science that we're quibbling about. Farming was the first science (as prostitution is the oldest profession). Anti-farming dogmas have always been a major component of religion.

When we read Biblical accounts of men going into the desert to find God, it was to escape the unnatural methods of acquiring food: farming. Scavenging, as in "God will provide," is the only "natural" way to live. Planting crops was seen as unholy.

'As Luc Ferry, the French philosopher, wrote in The New Ecological Order: “The hatred of the artifice connected with our civilisation... is also a hatred of humans as such. For man is the antinatural being par excellence... This is how he escapes natural cycles, how he attains the realm of culture, and the sphere of morality, which presupposes living in accordance with laws and not just with nature.”'

That is a great final point. I must look up that book for the next time there's a debate about the evils of economic growth (Monbiot) or population growth (Holdren, Sachs, etc).

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