gmalivuk wrote:Yeah, but if organic ends up meaning "can't be processed in any way that reduces the chance I'll get an infection from it (except heat because infrared radiation is totally cool on account of having been invented long enough ago to be more 'natural')", then fuck it.
Yeah, I do think they need to get a bit more sensible with those standards. It's not like irradiated stuff (with x-rays at least, it's not like we're using a-rays or something) is going to hurt you, unless I'm wrong. Especially since I like organic food for the better farming practices it tends to encourage (with caveats that I'm aware of), and I know that SCIENCE can be useful, it'd be nice to have a real "organic" standard that I care about and a "Luddite Certified" standard for those pining for days before the invention of the rock.
Er, it's an annoying misconception that irradiated food is bad for you.
Or something on topic.
EDIT: It's worth noting, though, that less-preserved food can often be worse for you because it lets the food handlers get sloppier. Stuff sits in warehouses longer because it can, is dropped on floors, etc., and you can wind up losing a lot of the things that whatever preservation method you choose doesn't protect. For example, anti-spoilage treated fruit still loses vitamins and the like as it goes past when it would have spoiled, but since the grocer can keep it in storage longer, you're more likely to get the diminished product than a really nice, fresh one. "Luddite" standards help prevent that by forcing food to be fresh, since it would have spoiled without the help of science.