paul wheaton wrote:Most of the stuff I'm working on is about how even "organic" is kinda lame.
Yes, "organic" is a stupid word. First, its a perfectly good word with a well defined meaning that was misused in the 1940s or so to mean something completely different. Then, the term, even as used by the tree huggers, is meaningless -- too vague to help anyone make informed decisions. Its purely a marketing buzzword that spawns confusion and jacks up prices.
We need a new word, one that is coined for what we want it to mean.
This, of course, assumes we know what we want our new "organic" word to mean. And I haven't seen anyone even propose a good definition.
On a personal note, since the early years of this century, I have had to eat a gluten free diet. The bad news is that gluten is in d*** near every bit of commercially prepared food. The good news is that I'm eating (thanks to my wonderful wife) a lot of home made food made with fresh ingredients. Its much less convenient, but it has to be better for my body.
And again, a word that can mean so many things in this context: "weak".
I agree that the standard is ... a low bar. But, at the same time, having a crop get certified as organic can be a long, painful and expensive process.
I find that the FDA and USDA are supposed to be acting in the interests of the people. But instead they seem to work in the interests of a few large corporations, often making choices that favor those corporations over the health/interests of the people.