Originally Posted by archetypal_yuppie
Most people are not smart enough or well-informed enough to think things through and make judgments on their own. They hear "natural = good" enough times, they believe it.
Natural often is good. But the "organic" mania is doing more harm than good.
This is true, but there is also the lack of viable information. If something is artificial, you need degrees in chemistry and biology just to understand the papers describing them. Most normal people rely on governments to gate-keep what is safe because they are incapable of doing it themselves. The "all natural" label is there for people who no longer trust the government (rightly or wrongly) to gatekeep effectively.
Like Hemline-Theory it can be a good indicator of civil contentment; the more people thing the government is being sketchy, the more they are willing to pay for stuff made with [perceived] unregulated substances.