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(Boing Boing)   Correlation between autism diagnosis and organic food sales. Uh-oh. Uh-oh. UH-OH   (boingboing.net) divider line 7
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2013-01-01 03:43:16 PM
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It actually, more clearly, shows that people are being made increasingly aware, and thus understanding better, two very serious social issues.

They're both; buying organic food, due to better awareness and understanding of environmental issues, and getting their kids checked out due to better awareness and understanding of Mental Health issues (rather than maintaining that their kids are just 'acting up' or 'spoiled brats')

There. Graph interpreted properly.
2013-01-01 03:13:03 PM
2 votes:
I like how they point out right away that correlation does not equal causation.
2013-01-02 03:19:04 PM
1 votes:

T.rex: Many of you seemed to be trained now like Pavlov's dogs to scoff at any study that correlates autism to something.


So you think it's nothing to do with the advancements in understanding the syndrome, advancements in awareness of the signs of autism, leading to earlier and more frequent diagnosis? Nooooooooo we have to blame something, otherwise who can we sue? AMARYTE?

After breast/testicular cancer awareness promotions, the level of diagnosed cases took a sharp incline, just like the one shown on the graph in TFA. (on the same time scale, no less)

OMFG ORGANIC FOOD CAUSES MY BALLS TO GET CANCERS more on FOXNEWSDERP after these messages from Monsanto....

understand?
2013-01-02 03:07:03 PM
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T.rex: How does 'awareness and understanding' have anything to do with the choice to buy organic food? People assume the word organic implies 'more healthy'. it does not... Its genetically modified. Its actually less 'natural' than something that grew normally.


You mean that YOU assume this. This assumption is correct when it comes to dairy, but this is missing the point entirely. Here in Sweden the term is Ecological. The term refers to the way farming is conducted, and has more to do with how healthy the environment is, than how healthy the produce will make the consumer - how well the farmer treats the land, livestock, and all the surrounding benefits to nature as benefit.

In the shortest explanation I can muster, Ecologically farmed produce generally takes more care and attention from the farmers, to ensure quality is maintained.

read more science.

From my own personal growing experience, everything I grow organically has much more flavour than the mass-farmed veg our restaurant bought in from standard suppliers, and as I'm growing it locally, the cost is next to nothing and the carbon footprint is minimal (0)

Taking ones hard earned money away from environment-destroying mega-farm-corps is ones civic duty. You probably already recycle, use energy efficient light bulbs, etc. Why the hell aren't you being environmentally responsible enough to change to ecologically sound means of food production? Oh, yeah FOXNEWSDERP told you so, That's why.

I hope I have made you more aware of why Organic produce is the way of the future. The understanding I can play no role in. That's up to you.

jaspyrnyte: So uh Utter, Sxacho & Namegoeshere..you guys have a better new year, k?


Thanks! I wish the same to you! :-)
2013-01-01 04:23:15 PM
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for good or for awesome: NFA: So, according to your graph, autism leads organic food sales.  An increase in autism is causing people to buy organic foods.  Why is that an unusual concept?

The point is that graphs can look like they prove something while actually proving nothing.


Like the graphs you see in a "Global Wharrming" thread?
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2013-01-01 03:54:51 PM
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2013-01-01 02:08:47 PM
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So, according to your graph, autism leads organic food sales.  An increase in autism is causing people to buy organic foods.  Why is that an unusual concept?
 
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