Organic Hydroponics Vs Conventional.
As organic goes mainstream, consumers can expect price breaks (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
More major retailers are expanding their organic selection. That's pushing prices down, but some worry about the quality.
What you actually get when the package is labelled “Organic” – Quartz
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Questions and Answers
Is buying clothes more for the environment… Or does it benefit your health to buy organic clothing/sheets etc? Thanks.
Both – buying organic clothes helps the environment because conventional methods of processing clothing, such as cotton clothing require many harsh chemicals to be used in the production of cotton. 9 of those chemicals/pesticides are highly toxic and 5 are thought to be carcinogens. The World Health Organization estimates that pesticide poisoning kills 20,000 – 40,000 people per year.
Organic Cotton is produced by maintaining a balance between natural "pests" and their predators. They don't kill the good insects such as ladybugs, spiders, and parasite wasps. Organic Cotton producers use biological practices to control pests. This is much healthier on the soil and the environment.
Buying organic clothing and sheets is also beneficial to your health, because you are not subjecting your skin to chemicals that have been used in cotton production of conventional cotton when you choose organic. In addition, the clothing feels softer, silkier, and is less irritating on your skin. Many parents opt to choose organic cotton baby clothes for their babies to help with skin alergies and Eczema.
I know that there's not a big difference between non-organic and organic bananas and avocados, as far as the amount of pesticides and carcinogens stored in the food. However, strawberries and milk have a lot of pesticides, hormones, and all kinds of junk. Which foods contain the most "junk" when they're not organic?
Buying organic has a lot more advantages than just to the consumer eating it. It produces less waste and protects the environment by keeping water cleaner because of the the way they are grown.
The more delicate the produce is, the better to purchase the organic version. So lettuces, herbs, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, scallions and mushrooms are top on my list. The organic versions are more expensive to buy, so pick things that you would normally not be able to eat without washing well or are going to cook in preparation.
I buy some but I also use a veggie wash for fruits etc to wash off pesticides etc.
Yes I do buy organic foods, BUT mostly I grow them!!!
And I have a tendency to eat within the season and my locale so I tend to stay away from bananas, pineapples, mango, etc. If I can't grow it, I usually don't eat it.
But I do believe it wise to throughly wash all fruits, veggies and even grains. If you want to save money on veggie wash, simply use vinegar and water in a spray bottle, spray on, rub a bit, and rinse off. Even a capful of hydrogen peroxide in a sink of water will do the trick, at a fraction of the cost.
As for other organic products, I do what I can, I usually get organic cereals, grains, flours (for breads) etc. But I wonder sometimes how far its going to go, ie. Do we really need organic toilet paper, that just sounds gross to me!
Oh and I do "grow" my own eggs, chicken, beef, lamb, and we fish through the summer,and fall for winter and spring, in local streams and rivers I know are optimal. And I have been known to make a wicked cheese and yogurt from our goats milk.