I think one of the the most asinine things I’ve ever seen is a box of table salt labelled “organic”.
Now, I fully understand that words can have different definitions in different contexts, so this isn’t going to be a smug “duh, all food is organic” joke. Quite the opposite, in fact.
In this context, “organic” can mean one of two things:
- an agricultural product raised in accordance with a particular set of standards; or
- anything that has carbon in it.
Table salt is clearly not an agricultural product, so the former definition is inapplicable. But as a food product, surely it satisfies the second one…
… except, almost uniquely among substances that are classified as food products, table salt doesn’t contain any carbon, either.
It’s iodised sodium chloride.
Even nomenclatural pedantry can’t make “organic table salt” a true statement. Like, they picked the one food product that can’t weasel its way into being “organic” via sheer technicality, and slapped an “organic” label on it anyway.