Call me a bobo, and my well-informed and rational choices nonsense (choices which btw apply to Taiwan and not universally - I will buy non-organic produce from NZ, for example) and I will take a slightly snarky attitude back. Get over it.[/quote]
I wasn’t calling you a bobo. If anything I suppose you are in the conspicuous consumer bracket. In my mind I was applauding your efforts to reduce your spending. I didn’t know you’d see it as an insult.
[quote=“Muzhaman”]And for this statement I think we both let you off lightly:
Organic farming is gaining not only because of health, water and soil concerns but also because modern argiculture relies on cheap oil and massive subsidies neither of which are sustainable.
But again, eating organic in Taiwan and eating it back home are two different things. Here it is vital to know how things are grown and where because of past and present industrial practices that were completely unregulated in what should have been exclusively agricultural zones.
Where do you get your opinions: National Review editorials?[/quote]
Again with the snippy snippy.
I don’t believe that the organic food industry is run any differently to any other industry on earth. I also see little evidence of what is fundamentally better or worse between your average hole in the floor spud and one that is organic. One meets a set of requirements another doesn’t. And if we are talking about the non-organic one being sprayed mercilessly with chemicals, and the organic ones being tickled from the purest of soils by the kindest of hands? It isn’t like that in either case. Marketing companies tell us these products are earthy, or healthy. I see nothing to prove this. I see another industry taking coin from the consumer for their own ends, and in many cases you would do well to stop endorsing their marketing spin. What makes beef organic? What is the actual percentage of carcenogenic poisons in a normal vegetable and in an organic one? Buying ethical produce is a worthy cause. I don’t think organic is either a worthy or healthy choice. But I may be wrong.[/quote]
You are wrong. But it doesn’t matter until you realize that I am talking about eating produce grown in Taiwan and not anywhere else. You would probably make this same argument if you lived near Chernobyl. “What makes the produce here any worse than anywhere else? I see nothing wrong with it.”
And no, I am not in the conspicuous consumer bracket and made the poin that I was not cutting out organic produce. I make a living as a travel writer which should give you some idea of my bracket. I just have followed food safety issue here for many years and make informed decisions even if they cost me money.