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Are organic vegetables higher in carcinogens?

Issue: Whether organic vegetables are comparably more carcinogenic to vegetables treated with pesticides? Evidence: Research shows that numerous chemicals present in natural products tested ...
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Is the current crisis in the Sri Lankan economy caused by a decision to mandate organic farming?

Not really, no. Reading further down the Guardian article will reveal the truth. The basics are easy: [The] problems began in April last year when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, [...] implemented a ...
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Does organic cotton use less water than conventional cotton?

The claim that organic cotton farming uses less water than conventional modes of farming appears to be the scientific consensus. For instance, Grose (2009) states that [farmers] in Israel have ...
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Are sprout seeds safe to eat?

Obviously whether they are "safe" is a subjective standard, so unless you quantify it, the title question is unanswerable. Here is an article from http://foodsafety.gov, which is published by the U.S....
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Are fruits better than processed fruit juices?

Broadly yes, You lose most of the fibre present in the fruit, fibre is important for digestion and likely has other benefits (http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1141.aspx?categoryid=51), it also helps slow ...
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Does consuming Vitamin C after eating shrimp result in death by arsenic?

Possibly, but not likely There is an older study mentioned in this 1985 Chicago Tribune article that states that and extremely high dose of Vitamin C followed by eating shrimp may result in "...
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Are milk and butter from grass-fed cows better for you?

TL;DR: There is not a great deal of difference about organic milk when compared to conventionally produced milk in terms of nutrients once the different factors that influence milk production were ...
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Can pesticides from conventionally grown food be detected in urine samples?

Yes. Ingested pesticides are detectable in urine samples which is shown by studies such as Pesticide residues in urine of adults living in the United States: reference range concentrations Robert H. ...
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Should we prefer organic lemon and orange peels?

The intended meaning of the quote you supplied is surely that if the outside of layer of a fruit or vegetable is commonly consumed then this would be taken in to account when setting a maximum residue ...
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Are organic vegetables higher in carcinogens?

In addition to @pericles316's detailed answer, Summary: As I understand Ames (cited paper and a letter, see below), there are indeed cases where plants bred for increased resistance with the intent ...
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Is most truffle oil artificially flavored olive oil?

In France, the difference between a natural and an artificial aromas is the simple 2-letter word "de": for a natural aroma, "arôme de truffe" is written on the label (i.e. aroma from truffles), ...
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Are preservatives applied to commercially distrubted fruit?

Per Raffaele Porta et al. in 2013, edible coatings was to found be extremely advantageous to preserve the characteristics of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables at their peak. A review of various ...
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Are milk and butter from grass-fed cows better for you?

The basis of most of the grass-fed claims I've heard are based on the fact that the natural grass-based diet in cows and other ruminants leads to a much higher level of Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLAs)...
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