The voracious maw that is daily journalism goes through fresh phrases like they were going out of style, which they always are. This week’s “maximum cockupancy” is next week’s “tell it to the hand.” Now that Lake Superior State University has released its annual list of banished words, it appears that “organic” has entered the dustbin of history, joined by such deserving phrases as “throw under the bus,” “X is the new Y,” “back in the day,” and “post 9/11.” “Organic” has been especially hated for years by both farmers and consumers, but we doubt it’s going anywhere. There are (much-criticized) government regulations in place concerning the use of the “organic” label, and every day more shitty products up their sales because of the moniker. (Although, as one commenter to Lake Superior’s list pointed out, all the food we eat is technically organic.) Still, the fact that the word is taking abuse is a sign that maybe, just maybe, the Haute Barnyard movement has reached its peak.
Contemplating the wonders of carbon-based food.