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Organic or packaging free food?

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 ...
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How to get rid of greenfly in roses and grapes without toxic chemicals?

Sticky Fly Traps are great in greenhouses, but rapidly overwhelmed outdoor. And ladybirds are inefficient in face of an herd of green flies protected by ant shepherds (the ants protect the greenflies ...
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Is there a way to remove cockroaches without having to use poison?

For most insects a mixture of 1 cup water, 1 cup borax powder or welding flux, and 1 cup honey works. Dissolve the borax in water, add the honey, and mix. Spray around edges, under the fridge etc. ...
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What are the best methods to minimize the effect (on me) of possible pesticides in or on vegetables I buy?

One of the best ways to minimize the impact of pesticides on vegetables as a consumer is to plant a garden (or buy from someone with growing practices you trust and understand). That way you know most ...
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What is a low-toxic way to kill yellow Jackets?

I personally use a combination of d-limonene & borax. First, borax is a natural occurring salt from lake beds and d-limonene is basically just orange oil, a solvent. Mix the two together and ...
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How do greenhouses affect pesticide use?

Weed control is easier in greenhouses, so herbicides aren't used much. However the higher humidity levels and more constant temperatures make both insect and fungi much larger pests. The expense of ...
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How do greenhouses affect pesticide use?

To a general question this general answer: I don't know, but in general I don't think so ;-) but then again, ... First: a greenhouse is not a closed environment. It is aerated (insects can come in ...
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Non toxic insect(ant) repellent for use in the kitchen

I would suggest baking soda. It is very effective against ants, cheap and available in the supermarket. Just put some on the areas that frequented by the ants and if you can locate the points they ...
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How to recognize products with neonicotinoid pesticides in them?

I am a grower of herbs and alpines. I use only bioinsecticide ie critters that control other critters. In the uk as far as I can tell there is only one product still in use as an insecticide from the ...
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How to recognize products with neonicotinoid pesticides in them?

I found what looks to be a fairly comprehensive (and easily printable!) list of products to avoid here: http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pollinators/documents/pesticide_list_final.pdf
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How can I easily detect the presence of insecticides?

If you have a particular location in the room where you suspect they may have been used, you could try releasing some live bugs there (ones that are moderately welcome indoors), eg some jumpy spiders. ...
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How can I tell if the flower bulbs I buy contain neonicotinoids?

It's common practice for professional growers to use pesticides when cultivating flower bulbs. Greenpeace investigated the use of pesticides in commercially sold flowering plants in Europe and found ...
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What are the best methods to minimize the effect (on me) of possible pesticides in or on vegetables I buy?

If it was easy to remove any pesticide or residue from a large variety of fruits and vegetables, by rinsing or soaking them in some easily-available harmless product, then there would be far less need ...
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What is a low-toxic way to kill yellow Jackets?

Another way is to use a trap to get rid of them. I hate wasps and these devices work quite good and most importantly passively (i.e. you don't have to spray the wasps). It's also very easy to build ...
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What is a low-toxic way to kill yellow Jackets?

One method that I have found to be particularly good is using a soap with surfactants in a Hand Pump Garden Sprayer which can be found for under $20, for example here is one on Amazon that looks ...
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What are environmentally friendly and efficient ways to fight hogweed?

Main problem is that the seeds can remain vital for 5 or more years, so any measurements taken need to be persisted for a while and there's really no silver bullet (also not herbicides since they're ...
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Wheat for animal consumption safe for human consumption?

So today I inspected the wheat more closely, I found some animal droppings of what assume were birds from the seller and a dead insect along with some trash. It actually calms me down a little to see ...
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Relationship between Protein Content of Wheat and the use of Pesticides

Summary: either there is no link, or no one did any research on this. The latter doesn't seem likely given the amount of research there has been on grain protein content. Most likely the farmer meant '...
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Relationship between Protein Content of Wheat and the use of Pesticides

Farmers wanting (or being forced) to avoid the use of pesticides have a wide variety of choices at their disposal. Most of them will in fact alter the quality of the crop, but most of the alternatives ...
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What are the best methods to minimize the effect (on me) of possible pesticides in or on vegetables I buy?

Your question is quite broad, but I've been following the following practice for non-organic apples, once recommended to me by a bio-chemist. Apparently, apples are usually sprayed with oil/wax-based ...
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What are the best methods to minimize the effect (on me) of possible pesticides in or on vegetables I buy?

I wash vegetables under tap water. For leafy vegetables I use potassium permanganate solution. That's all, no complicated processes :) The following explanatory paragraph was taken from article ...
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What are the best methods to minimize the effect (on me) of possible pesticides in or on vegetables I buy?

Different groups have put forward different lists of foods one should always buy organic and foods one does not need to buy organic. To make it catchy, some have created a Dirty Dozen list and a Clean ...
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Non toxic insect(ant) repellent for use in the kitchen

Rubbing alcohol will prevent all insects. Of course, it doesn't last very long. Clove powder will kill ants, even causing burning to them if it is just sprinkled on top of them. But, I do not know ...
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