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Specifically to the point of what you can do while complying with the relevant USDA Organic standards (and disregarding what might be a "good idea" or "fine with you or me"): You cannot apply them directly to your organic garden without contradicting the USDA Organic standards ((c)(3) - "in a manner that does not contribute to contamination of crops, soil, ...


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I have an incomplete answer, but at least this is something to get the conversation started. At the bottom of your comments, you restate the question as "is organic any better because it costs more, meaning consumers buy less?" Throughout this sustainability Q&A forum, there is a misunderstanding that sustainability equates to the minimization of ...


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It's all a matter of how you do the counting! If you take into account how much diversity you destroy, non-organic food is worse than "too much" cardboard packaging. But how do you count this? Life has no price, and damages are potentialities. On the other hand, the more you use "non-organic" method for farming, the more you need them. So it's even worse on ...


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Research This is probably extremely variable depending on the specific crops you are talking about. I tried to gather information from various sources. I looked mostly at studies of subsistence farmers; I propose that the labor per unit area would be similar without any mechanized methods. Yield may be higher based on other factors like increased ...


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Since asking the question I have been thinking about this quite a bit, and I believe the fundamental difference boils down to the balance between preventing and repairing negative externalities: cost[s] that [are] suffered by a third party as a result of an economic transaction. In a transaction, the producer and consumer are the first and second ...


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Sustainability & Production: Production: Needs examples of well performing methods & techniques utilizing organic farming methods There are tons of examples all over the place how Organic farming methods not just give high production, but are also in long term better for the "soil quality" over decades. Chemical farming can and tends to destroy ...


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I recently found more information about this, so I'll self-answer. While pesticide can have a big impact on the environment, the biggest problem with palm oil seems to be the clearing of rainforests. Organic label This webpage says: While organic farming prohibits the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers and genetic engineering, organic labels do not ...


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From Guide for Organic Livestock Producers.pdf @ www.ams.usda.gov/nop I will make a case for yes, microchipped animals are organic but then again I am not affiliated with USDA so you might want to check with them. CHAPTER 18 PHYSICAL ALTERATIONS The term “physical alterations” refers to irreversible procedures that alter the natural appearance or ...


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There are a few recipes available out there. Most of those that I have seen are oil based and the ingredients that they use are very easy to buy (at least where I live). I will give you an example which uses just three ingredients (you can find different variations of this recipe here or here). The ingredients used are coconut oil, shea butter and olive oil....


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They'll just rot on the ground so not useful for a mulch. Just put them into your compost bin, or bury them so that they might sprout for the next season though many store bought spuds are treated with sprout inhibitors.


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Is there a metric to measure average 'environmental impact' per economic dollar? I don't think that this is possible. If you're working in the oil and gas sector, your environmental impact per dollar you earn is going to be very high. If, on the other hand, you work at a telecommunications company like I do, or at a law firm, your environmental impact per ...


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I would say it could. This question has been here for quite long, so I'll try to answer it with my basic understanding of organic vs. "conventional" farming. Say Organic farming produces 25% less From this CNN article, Organic yields are 25% lower. Let's by it as it is, even if we should not trust anything we read on the Internet. But the worl produces ...


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There are a lot of alternatives to make your own shampoo at home and many of them use castile soap (because it doesn't involve any kind of animal fat in the production process). You have a few examples here and here. The idea behind all of them is pretty similar, mixing castile soap (I am pretty sure that other kinds of soap can be used but this is the one ...


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