Organic Strawberries vs Conventional

  • camfer

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    Sep 05, 2010 7:24 PM GMT
    Washington State University published the results of a new study comparing the fruit and soil quality for strawberries cultivated organically versus conventionally. You can read it here:

    http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0012346

    "Our findings show that the organic strawberry farms produced higher quality fruit and that their higher quality soils may have greater microbial functional capability and resilience to stress."

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    Sep 05, 2010 10:33 PM GMT
    No surprise. Organic food has tons of benefits compared to conventional agriculture: environmental, geopolitical, health-related, etc.

    Strawberries are especially worrisome, since they have no rind. Therefore, you are ingesting whatever might have been sprayed onto them, and absorbed into the flesh.

    Even if ingesting petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides wasn't detrimental to health, those chemicals still externalize the true cost of cheap food. Socialized food, unlike other socialized things, seems to be something tons of people will agree to accept.

  • hdurdinr

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    Sep 05, 2010 10:45 PM GMT
    The last guy to post is right, if you eat the skin of anything you're also eating all the pesticides and other things. Eating organic is expensive, so you don't need to get organic bananas, oranges or anything you don't eat the skin of, but otherwise you should buy organic, or at least peel the skin of things like apples and peaches if they're not organic.
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    Sep 05, 2010 10:52 PM GMT
    camfer saidWashington State University published the results of a new study comparing the fruit and soil quality for strawberries cultivated organically versus conventionally. You can read it here:

    http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0012346

    "Our findings show that the organic strawberry farms produced higher quality fruit and that their higher quality soils may have greater microbial functional capability and resilience to stress."


    Oh we need to get in bed and have you explain this to me. ... icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 05, 2010 11:13 PM GMT
    The wrath of Chucky will soon be upon us.
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    Sep 05, 2010 11:23 PM GMT
    I have heard arguments on both sides. The truth is, I don't know.
    I do believe however, that the way farming for the masses works kills the nutritional value of the food.
  • camfer

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    Sep 06, 2010 2:15 AM GMT
    Caslon15000 said
    Oh we need to get in bed and have you explain this to me. ... icon_wink.gif


    The strawberry bed? Wear old clothes you might get soiled.