Organic bread? What a rip-off!

As a Weekend Guardian and Observer reader, I get most bored by the pre-occupation with food. It’s not that I don’t care about what I eat. I turned piscivorous primarily in response to modern farming methods – not that I eat free range meat – about twelve years ago. I’ve no time for British farmers who refuse to take responsibility for a multitude of food scares over the last decade – ‘The government didn’t ban our dodgy practices… so it’s their fault!’ – and I think the USA is quite right to continue its ban on British meat. As for those who seem to think wrapping themselves in the Union Flag will protect them… well… who really cares what they catch.

Anyway. The GM debate has me on the side of the farmer and, once again, the USA. There’s a silly idea that natural (a hardly defined concept in itself) is somehow better than manmade. It’s an urban idea, I’m sorry to say, because country folk know only too well that there’s much poison in nature. Added to that, everything we eat has been ‘tampered’ with in some way.

We should continue to improve our food. Longer lasting grain that requires less water and less pesticide is a Good Thing and has the potential to make a major impact on world hunger. That doesn’t mean that I don’t understand that the primary goal of people like Monsanto is bigger profits. But hey! Bigger profits are my only hope for a decent pension.

I’ve meandered. The event that prompted this was going into Tesco to find them out of the normal freshly baked bread and having to pay another 20p (a 35 per cent premium) for an organic loaf. I didn’t expect to be able to tell the difference, but I certainly can. It tastes like a mass produced white, you know like Warburtons. Still warm when purchased, but barely fresh to taste and seemingly plasticated; when toasted the butter sits on it rather than soaking in as it should. Yuk!

6 thoughts on “Organic bread? What a rip-off!

  1. Of course you?re right that GM could be a bad thing in the wrong hands but that?s the story of all technology. Nevertheless, I?m going to stand by the statement that grain that requires less water and less pesticide is better. I also think that increased profitability is a good thing. We shouldn?t be afraid to admit that profit is the primary motive, but that that doesn?t destroy other benefits.

    And you?re also right to suggest that public opposition is in large part rooted in ignorance (just like on Europe). Importantly the law prevents organic farmers claiming their product is better for human consumption, as there are no proven benefits either way, yet people will pay 35 per cent more for a loaf of bread.

  2. If they *were* aiming for crops which required less water and pesticide, that that would indeed be a real boon to everyone. But I was under the impression that they were actually aiming for pesticide resistant crops so that they could use *more* pesticide. I may be a victim of Green propaganda here, but if pesticide resistance *is* what agriculture industry is working on, then that *can’t* be a big thing.

    I’m with you on profits – profits are a *good* thing, just not at any price.

    There are those who claim that organic food *tastes* better. I can’t say I can tell the difference myself, but if *they* can, and they are willing to pay the difference, more power too them, I say. It’s just this specious health link I object to.

    People’s opposition to the EU based on ignorance? Hmmm, about 50/50, I’d say. Don’t forget good old-fashioned xenophobia. I think much anti-EU sentiment is drawn from the same poisoned well as feeds anti-immigrant sentiment.

  3. Well, it’s your own fault – fancy going into a super-market and expecting anything else but to be ripped off for anything other than cheap mass-produced basics. If you want proper bread go to a proper baker. Why not try

  4. I’m not obliged to publish any comment. But I am very tolerant. Sometimes I leave offensive comments, (like this BNP’s supporter’s, which remains but with the link to the BNP removed) because they illustrate just how deranged the author is; sometimes I delete. Anonymous comments are accepted, but are more likely to be deleted.

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