Is Natural Always Good?

Growing up, I have encountered people who are okay with artificial methods such as vaccines and GMOs. I also have encountered people who are not okay with “unnatural” methods, as they believe that 100% natural should be the way to go. But natural is not always good all the time.

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… Given a choice, most people gravitate toward the natural over the artificial. After all, natural environments are preferable to garbage dumps, natural foods are nearly always healthier than stuff concocted in a chemistry lab. Yet it needs to be said loud and clear: Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s good. “Smallpox is natural,” Ogden Nash noted. “Vaccine ain’t.” …

Reading 19th-century critic and essayist John Ruskin, who wrote “There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather,” one cannot help conclude that Mr. Ruskin didn’t get out much. By the same token, “doing what comes naturally” can be very bad advice indeed.

Read more of David Barash’s article about this over at Nautilus.

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