The 1960s Weighs In On The Organic Food Movement

In 1960, Good Housekeeping magazine published an article warning against the dangers of food fads.

What dangerous food fad are they warning against? Organic produce and whole grains. Le gasp! I had no idea that the word was used organic  as early as 1960 to describe food grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. I just looked up the word in the Oxford English Dictionary, and they date this meaning of organic back to 1861. The more you know!

The tone of the article is very much, NOTHING TO SEE HERE, Folks, MOVE ALONG, and the writer conflates organic food advocates with people who sell snake oil. It’s clear that this is not the most nuanced examination of the issue. Did American culture really get that much more cynical after Nixon? Because this article is so emphatic that food is safe because the government says so, QED.

I guess you can continue to shop at Whole Foods, hippies. Just know that the 60s thinks you’re ridiculous. Why can’t you just eat your white bread quietly? Seriously, it’s good for you!


About Robot Housekeeping

I'm much too manic to blog about only one topic. I write Robot Housekeeping so that I can share my love of all things vintage and domestic. Sometimes, I even leave the house.
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3 Responses to The 1960s Weighs In On The Organic Food Movement

  1. luzygoosey says:

    I love everything about this article

  2. Rod Brock says:

    Very interesting and entertaining. On the flip side of this – regarding the foods that they extolled as “healthy” way back when – there are some hilarious “instructional” films from that era. Here’s a classic – so funny–

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