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I am all for people making an informed decision. But really, these different studies have done quite a lot to confuse us.

A quick glance at the BBC’s related news alone, gives me this headlines:
‘Organic has no health benefits’
Organic food ‘better’ for heart
Organic milk ‘higher in vitamins’

Aren’t you beginning to hate those ‘quotes’?

I buy organic. Not everything. Not all the time. I would if I could afford it. But slowly, I am replacing a few gorcery items with organic choices. And that hasn’t puta big dent in my wallet just yet.

Did I think it is better for my health? I never really thought that an organically grown apple would have more nutrients than its counterpart. But I am certain it would have less chemicals – only organic pesticides, good soil – just the way nature intended it to be.

But more than the ‘health benefits’, I believe it is better for the environment. No pesticides and chemical-ridden fertilisers seeping from the soil into our water supplies. And you must also consider that organic meat also means that the animals had led a free-range life and had not been subject to cruelty.

So does this new report changed my mind at all about buying organic? No.

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we ran across this figure from a comment in twitter…

35%? Why this figure? Where did it come from?

In our household I’m sure we already cut off our carbon footprint by at least 5% without affecting our lifestyle, by getting rid of our cars (we use only public transport now since we live near the city), making our home more energy-efficient, using less electricity where/when we can, buying only high quality and more energy-efficient appliances if we have to, and much more.

From what I can see different households have different situations. Some can cut off their carbon footprint more than others. And to some, their situations may change and their footprint may become greater or less.

My point is – I prefer to see 100 households trying to reduce their own footprints by 5% than to see only one household try to reduce it by 35% which may not be sustainable long term, while others are still consuming more. The issue of global warming is a concern for every one, so we must involve everyone and inform/educate them so they can make contributions. I think this is more effective long term than just only one person knowing all the issues and make all the sacrifices for humanity.

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