Actually, natural is neutral

Most people in the Western, developed world prefer natural things, especially foods. We posit that there is neither theoretical nor empirical support for the widespread beliefs about the superiority of natural entities with respect to human welfare. Nature is not particularly benevolent.

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

References

  1. 1.

    Rozin, P., Fischler, C. & Shields-Argelès, C. Appetite 59, 448–455 (2012).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. 2.

    Asioli, D. et al. Food Res. Int. 99, 58–71 (2017).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. 3.

    Rozin, P. Judgm. Decis. Mak 1, 91–97 (2006).

    Google Scholar 

  4. 4.

    Kraus, N., Malmfors, T. & Slovic, P. Risk Anal. 12, 215–232 (1992).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. 5.

    Li, M. & Chapman, G. B. J. Appl. Soc. Psychol. 42, 2859–2878 (2012).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. 6.

    Scott, S. E., Inbar, Y., Wirz, C. D., Brossard, D. & Rozin, P. Annu. Rev. Nutr. 38, 459–479 (2018).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  7. 7.

    Scott, S. E., Inbar, Y. & Rozin, P. Perspect. Psychol. Sci. 11, 315–324 (2016).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. 8.

    Fernbach, P. M., Light, N., Scott, S. E., Inbar, Y. & Rozin, P. Nat. Hum. Behav 3, 251–256 (2019).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  9. 9.

    Ames, B. N., Profet, M. & Gold, L. S. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 87, 7777–7781 (1990).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  10. 10.

    Geller, A. I. et al. N. Engl. J. Med 373, 1531–1540 (2015).

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Sydney E. Scott.

Ethics declarations

Competing interests

The authors declare no competing interests.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Scott, S.E., Rozin, P. Actually, natural is neutral. Nat Hum Behav (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-020-0891-0

Download citation