Yahoo! Article: "The 7 Foods Experts Won't Eat" Thoughts?

Nope to get into GD territory here, but it sounds an awful lot like organic food propaganda. What struck me as the most absurd was the bit about potatoes.

  1. Nonorganic Potatoes

Bolding mine.

Amazingly, the solution to all the worries in this article is to buy organic.

I guess the GQ is, how much validity is there to what the “experts” have to say?

And here is a quick run down of the 7 foods the experts won’t eat:

  1. Canned Tomatoes
  2. Corn-Fed Beef
  3. Microwave Popcorn
  4. Nonorganic Potatoes
  5. Farmed Salmon
  6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones
  7. Conventional Apples


(Also, I did a search for this article and found no results. Apologies if this has already been covered here.)

Never in my life have I had a problem getting a potato to sprout.

“Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board”.

Do you think he is an unbiased source giving the consensus view of the scientific community?

Each item on that list is an item that ONE “food expert” won’t eat. The headline is misleading at best, and deliberately deceptive at worst. Had they talked to 20 ‘experts’, they would have a list of 20 foods that experts won’t eat.

4 of the 7 experts appear to have no scientific credentials whatsoever.

My potatoes sprout all the time.

Of course, the title can be read as if 7 food experts aren’t eating, and given the one horrendously false claim in this thread, I would not push for them to start.

Chipotle advertises that they only use rBGH-free milk in their sour cream. However, on these advertisements, they also state that the FDA has found no chemical difference in milk from rBGH-treated cows and untreated cows. Take from that what you will.

Organic food is the biggest consumer scam since bottled water.

I sometimes don’t use up my potatoes fast enough; I have trouble keeping them from sprouting.


Microwave popcorn??? It’s popcorn in a fucking bag.
I agree that the organic movement is one of the biggest scams going. That being said, organic producers should be coasting right now. They shouldn’t be coming up with idiotic attempts to vilify conventional growers. If they go to far, people are going to catch on to the bullshit.

Same here.

Conventional apples? I buy my apples at the fruit stand. I’m not going to stand there and interrogate the poor barely English speaking dude on how organic they are!

“How did we get to the point where we’re paying for bottled water? That must have been some weird marketing meeting over in France. Some French guy’s sitting there, like, 'How dumb do I think the Americans are? I bet you we could sell those idiots water.”

-Jim Gaffigan

Except that generally, organic foods do have no or significantly lower pesticide content (not to mention not using a ton of chemical fertilizers, which can screw up local waterways with algae bloom and the like) compared to conventionally-grown foods, while bottled water is often just municipal tap water. I do agree that certain organic foods really don’t tend to have a significant pesticide uptake and thus can be skipped, though.

I’m disturbed that many here consider organic food a “scam”. While I agree that it may not make a significant health difference for the individual consumer, the difference between the environmental impact of conventional and organic farming is notable. It’s fine if you don’t care about the effects your actions have-- many people don’t-- but that doesn’t make things scammy just because you don’t want to step up.

My stupid potatoes sprout even when I don’t want them to.

I’d also like to mention that the stock photo for the article in the OP cracks me up. I’ve never seen someone look so contemptuous of a green in my life.

And just adding to the “WTF?” chorus about potatoes sprouting - dunno about sweet potatoes, but both the conventional and organic white potatoes that I’ve had will sprout away if I leave them for too long.

I had one that didn’t sprout recently. Instead it turned to sludge and I couldn’t locate the source of the smell for some time.

Seriously, you’d think if you made a list of stuff experts REALLY won’t eat it would start with Hungry Man and end with Velveeta.

Not only that; how many of the 7 represent the organic food industry?