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Buying organic veggies at the supermarket is a waste of money

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Buying organic veggies at the supermarket is a waste of money
It has happened to all of us. You're standing in the produce aisle, just trying to buy some zucchini, when you face the inevitable choice: Organic or regular? It's a loaded question that can mean many different things, sometimes all at once: Healthy or pesticide-drenched? Tasty or bland? Fancy or basic?

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Quality and price

A higher price doesn’t really mean higher quality.

The higher price does not just reflect the added cost of organic agriculture techniques. Also, people will pay more for the label, often without knowing what it means, because “Organic” has become a synonym for “luxury.”

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Organic food and the environment

Organic food and the environment
Organic products are not necessarily better for the environment.

Many organic farmers, especially the large ones, don’t skip pesticides and fertilizers, they just use natural options, which are hardly risk-free.

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Organic vs. conventional foods

Organic vs. conventional foods

Any additional nutritional benefits from organic foods, compared with conventional, are very small.

Ultimately, if you want more nutrients, eat more vegetables, organic or not.

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