Does green living turn you into a bad person?

03/11/2010 | Newsweek

A new study suggests that the moral glow we get from buying organic food or plugging in a low-energy light bulb may subsequently make us more inclined to cheat and steal. Researchers in the field of "compensatory ethics" argue that people keep a subconscious tally of how ethically they're behaving and that once we cross a certain threshold we're more likely to slack off and break social rules. "Virtuous acts can license subsequent asocial and unethical behaviors," the researchers claim.

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