Organic hippie food slumps in recession

Some organic pricks, judging you yesterday

Organic food and drink sales are falling during this economic slump by 10% as shoppers remembered how much joy there is in cheap, fatty, grotty food when you're feeling lousy.

The Co-operative Group's annual report into ethical consumerism showed that obviously middle-class people still unaffected by the recession are buying up more ethical clothes and things like solar panels and heat pumps, but organic food is switching everyone else off.

This report has been compiled since '99 and is based on national data covering spending through all retailers rather than just from the Co-op's own outlets.

The recent slump in organic sales means that, from an all-time high of nearly £2bn in 2008, figures have dropped by 23%.

Spaghetti hoops, Arctic Rolls and greasy crisps are just better than aubergines and hummus aren't they?


  • knowsitall
    Mof, I think you've misread it. Not buying organic does not equal solely eating junk food, it just means eating alternative non-organic stuff that's had chemicals, artificial stuff, whatever somehow used during production. So people everywhere are still shoving bananas down their throats, only they're choosing the ones that were grown with fertiliser from a lab rather than the local donkey "restroom."
  • Oman
    I still buy organic whenever I can afford it. I much prefer it to the other stuff
  • Jim
    I get a box of organic veg every two weeks from a local farm. Works out at £6 a week and I usually give some to friends or family or freeze it. Cynical is my middle name but the odd slug aside, I find it way better than supermarket veg, even the organic stuff. It *does* taste better - I never realised how tasteless and watery supermarket veg had gotten til I tried this scheme and I'm far from a hippy treehugger. And it works out cheaper than it would to buy at the supermarket to boot :)
  • Businessman
    Many people have no idea how much they are affected by eating crap. They shovel cheesy wotsits down their throats all day then wonder why they feel so bloated and horrible. I don't know if the answer is organic or not but I am for it. Yes it costs 75p more for six organic eggs but it takes me all week to eat them so realistically do I fucking care. If people want to eat cancer chemicals it's their own business but I am having as normal as possible.
  • JonB
    "Tasteless and watery supermarket veg": That's what seasoning is for. Try adding some salt, pepper, spices, chilli, etc.
  • Tim
    Non organic does not always mean crap, unhealthy or even tasteless. If anything the "chemicals" (food is made of chemicals by the way) make the stuff healthier. At the very least saves you money from having to buy overpriced middle-class marketed food that goes off a day after you've bought it. If you buy non organic and eat crap junk, then sure enough it's rubbish. If they were to make that stuff organic it would still be rubbish. The whole problem with organic is the market. Stop with the snobbery, work out how to mass produce and sell at a competitive price, and people will buy it. So long as it doesn't go off quick that is ;).
  • Gordon W.
    Mmmmmm, cheesy wotsits...
  • Dick
    The way how to mass produce is to ... use fertilisers and growth hormones and weed killer. I agree that some organic food tastes better than stuff from supermarkets - this is not down to them being organic, it is the way they are grown and the varieties. Most supermarket tomatoes are crap. They taste of nothing, since they are grown quickly and essentially pumped full of water. Compare that to a home grown or a locally grown one picked and sold relatively fresh that was grown slowly in the soil. They don't even compare. But then you can also get fast polytunnel grown organic veg that tastes watery too - this is the problem when they try to mass produce veg, something always gives.

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