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Does organic cotton use less water than conventional cotton?

In The Guardian's article Cotton production linked to images of the dried up Aral Sea basin, it's claimed that organic cotton uses less water than conventional cotton. “Conventional cotton (as ...
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Does consuming Vitamin C after eating shrimp result in death by arsenic?

I get lots of spam from family and friends, but this one in particular called my attention. It claims that if you eat shrimp and the ingest anything with Vitamin C, in a short period of time you would ...
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Are milk and butter from grass-fed cows better for you?

Is there any evidence that grass fed milk and butter are better for you as claimed broadly in this Lacross Tribune article: New study shows evidence milk from grass-fed cows is healthier Cows that ...
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Is most truffle oil artificially flavored olive oil?

According to this article on Priceononmics.com entitled There Are No Truffles in Truffle Oil: Despite the name, most truffle oil does not contain even trace amounts of truffle; it is olive oil ...
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Are fruits better than processed fruit juices?

I had a discussion with a friend of mine. He claimed that (processed) fruit juices from any organization (say Tropicana) are not at par with naturally occurring fruits, rather they are worse. He said ...
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Are organic vegetables higher in carcinogens?

My common senses would have told me that organic vegetables are healthier and less harmful compared to vegetables treated with pesticides. A recent post on Quora made me think otherwise. Organic ...
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Can pesticides from conventionally grown food be detected in urine samples?

Coop Sverige AB have a short video shown based on an unpeer-reviewed pilot study that found that a family who ate conventionally-grown food had urine tests that could detect pesticides. (The ...
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Are sprout seeds safe to eat?

In this article called “8 façons de t’intoxiquer à un barbecue” (which could be translated by “8 ways to poison yourself at a barbecue”), a Canadian skeptic talks about sprout seeds : I would ...
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Should we prefer organic lemon and orange peels?

In many recipes, when it comes to add some lemon (or orange) zests, the authors advise to choose an organic fruit, because of the pesticides. I know there is no proof that non-organic fruits and ...
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Does organic food have more antioxidants than nonorganic food?

I know that there are a lot of studies out there that claim that organic food is not significantly different than nonorganic food in nutritional content, but this new study seems to challenge this ...
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Are people dying of starvation because we cannot produce enough food?

I have been watching a BBC documentary Botany: A Blooming History - Episode 3 Hidden World In it, (at ~51m35s) Timothy Walker, the presenter, says: ...Certainly there may be risks attached to ...
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Is buying organic vs. conventional products better for the environment?

From http://www.goldengatexpress.org/2013/04/07/true-organic-food-benefits-environment-sustainability/: Another reason to choose organic products is that the environmental footprint attached to ...
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Are preservatives applied to commercially distrubted fruit?

I recently had a discussion over some fruit that rotted a lot faster that we expected. I was told that this was a good sign because it meant that the fruit was grown more naturally (probably without ...
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Does organic food have less heavy metal contamination than non-organic food?

Watching CBS morning news on December 6, 2011, it was claimed a way to reduce heavy metal consumption (especially inorganic arsenic) was to buy organic food. the CBS website has the clip here, the ...
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Does organic butter have more Omega-3 fat than conventional butter?

On their German website, Greenpeace makes the claim that organic (“Bio”) butter has more Omega-3 fat than conventional butter. As the website is German I don't cite directly. Their main claim seems ...
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Do organic cigarettes, such as American Spirit, contain less radioactive material than other brands?

Many cigarettes contain radioactive polonium from the use of phosphate/apatite fertilizers. The National Institutes of Health lists tobacco as by far the largest source of radiation for the American ...
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Do “naturally raised” animals contain less bacteria?

Related: Are artificial hormones in beef really something to worry about? Does organic food have more vitamins than nonorganic food? (kind of) I watched Food, Inc. (LINK) perhaps two years ago and ...
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Organic food is worse for the environment because it requires more land than non-organic food

I've heard that organic crops and husbandry are worse for the environment than non-organic equivalents because in the absence of pesticides and fertilizers much more land is required for an organic ...
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Does organic food have more vitamins than nonorganic food?

Aside from the issue of pesticides there's the claim that organic food has more nutrients, vitamins and minerals than nonorganic food: Organic food is known to contain 50% more nutrients, ...