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  • I wonder how unsanitary the scoops in bulk food are. No thanks.
    Hi, this is for Panadot. You can easily figure out how much water used by rinsing from the faucet instead of filling the sink. Plug the sink and then rinse from the faucet. You can see how much water fills the sink as you rinse. We often travel in a motorhome and saving water is an issue for us. I use a bowl or pan in the rinse side and fill it as i'm rinsing & then use it to rinse the rest of the dishes. We are able to conserve water pretty painlessly.
    This was an interesting perspective on eating locally that I came across last week, suggesting that economically and environmentally it may be more or less a wash (although there are still other good reasons):
  • I do use a faucet-mount water filter and reusable water bottles and I do love to go the local farmer's markets when I can. A lot of "eco-friendly" ideas are not exactly "pocket-friendly" and if I have to make a choice, I have to go with my pocket!
  • Actually, Elliminty is not exactly correct. I used to think the same way until I took two Environmental Science classes. The reason to buy organic is not to get "more nutrients" but to save our planet. The nitrates and other stuff that is fertilized in our ground is messing up the ecosystem. Some chemicals (allowed in Mexico) like DDT, are harmful to humans. These chemicals end up in the plant and we eat them. If we don't stop polluting our planet, we may not recognize our planet in less than 60 years!

    So while the nutrients remain the same, there are much more important reasons to buy organic.
  • I bought a filtered water bottle and use it every day. I plan to buy a filter for the faucet. We still use bottled water because it is easier to pack in a lunch box
  • Also, I wish they would have included information for those of us who don't own a dishwasher - are there ways to conserve water when I'm washing a sink full of dishes? I usually fill up the sink with sudsy water, and the other basin with rinse water, instead of running it constantly, but I'm not really sure which is better.
  • I'd like to add to this:

    #9: Ditch the paper towels and paper napkins! We started purchasing cloth napkins a few years ago (both "everyday" and "fancy") at thrift stores and when they were on sale at Target, etc. Plus, we started cutting up old towels and buying cheap rags to use for cleaning. We rarely ever have to buy paper towel anymore - maybe a 12-pack once every two years? Plus, the rags work so much better for cleaning, and all of it can just be thrown in the wash!
  • We got a bench top water filter in December.
    We have stainless steel water bottles.
    The water is always refreshing.
    I have water at hand & it's easy to stay hydrated.
    Point of order:
    Buying organic can make you feel good, but as for the food being more nutrient-rich, it's a myth. No studies have proven that there are more nutrients in organically-grown foods: in fact, they're about the same as any other less-processed food (excluding tomatoes, which should be cooked to get the most out of them, nutrient-wise).

    Also, organic farmers do use pesticides and herbicides as well as fertillizers: they just use "natural" chemicals, rather than synthetics. If you check what it takes for a farm to be certified organic, you'll see what I mean.

    I'm not saying that Organic is bad. All I'm saying is that Organic as better is a bit of a myth that should be researched before it's promoted by folks whom everyday folks like us trust as experts! If buying Organic makes you feel good, or you feel it tastes better, go for it! But don't spend extra money you might not have buying organic when you could be heading out to a local farmer's market! Their food might not be certified organic, but I garuntee you it will taste fantastic!
  • We have two natural food stores in town. One has the barrels, but there is no way to bring your own containers. In the end, I'm stuck with those plastic bags to get rid of anyway.
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    As much as I prefer organic fruits and veggies, mostly due to my fears of pesticide residues and environmental concerns, I think that it is misleading to promote organic foods as being more nutrient dense. Most studies have shown that organic foods are the same nutritionally as their polluted counterparts. Erroneous statements like that tend to take away from an articles credibility.
  • Fantastic article, useful as a student as well :-).
  • Good article. I'm not sure where I live anyway, that buying locally is actually cheaper. I go to the Farmer's Market on Saturdays (have to drive, no public transportation to get there) and sometimes the produce costs more than at the grocery store. For those who don't have access to a farmer's market, grocery store prices for organic produce is way more expensive. I also live in the northeast and the growing season is not terribly long and obviously we can't grow a lot of things here at all due to climate. You can definitely taste the difference with organic produce, so I am willing to pay more for it, plus I want to support local agriculture, but for some people it's just not an option. We need to stop subsidizing the corn crops so farmers will have an incentive to grow more diverse crops, which might help bring the prices down.
    Good article. I eat locally as much as I can, but I'm still trying to resolve whether to give up papaya, pineapple, and such. I haven't reached a conclusion yet. I've done some work for the papaya growers in Hawaii and do think of their livelihood.

    I highly recommend "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" by Barbara Kingsolver. It address growing much of her familiy's own food and buying the rest from local farmers. It's informative and entertaining and includes several recipes--but not that many, because it really isn't a cookbook. It also takes a look at the political and economic impact of buying food that must be trucked or flown from distant places.

    By the way, her novels are first rate, too.

    In the same vein I would like to see an article about "green" cleaning products.

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