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Is organic pest control any safer than conventional?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 07, 2011 at 12:21 AM

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‘Organic’ fruits and vegetables, which are worth the money?

I've heard some organic pesticides are at least as bad as conventional, but I really have no evidence to back that up. Most of the information I've found seems to be heavily biased as well. Does anyone have concrete evidence as to why organic is better? Or is it not as good or safe as its been marketed to be?

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Two years ago I used diatmaceous earth and boric acid to get rid of a nasty bedbug problem that Orkin could not resolve in six visits to our home.

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on April 07, 2011
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Note: Melissa was answering an earlier edit of the question, which was more about cost vs benefits. Her answer was a good one, and apropos; +1

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on April 07, 2011
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I edited question to remove duplication and made it more specifically about organic pest control, then re-opened.

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on April 07, 2011
at 01:24 AM

I agree, I think the question is distinct enough and should be re-opened.

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on April 07, 2011
at 01:14 AM

I am specifically asking if organic is better though. Are organic pesticides really any better? I buy organic too, but I'm wondering if it's worth it.

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at 01:09 AM

That question is assuming organic is better. I am asking if it actually is superior to conventional.

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127116e41acceee9f2f000076f8b788d

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on April 07, 2011
at 04:52 AM

I use diatomaceous earth a pest control on my garden. It is the only "pesticide" that I know of that is edible and non-toxic.

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on April 07, 2011
at 12:44 PM

Two years ago I used diatmaceous earth and boric acid to get rid of a nasty bedbug problem that Orkin could not resolve in six visits to our home.

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on April 07, 2011
at 12:45 AM

I go by the "Dirty Dozen" list and just try and buy organic of the stuff that is the worst when not bought organic.

http://business-ethics.com/2010/07/24/1149-the-most-important-foods-to-buy-organic/

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on April 07, 2011
at 02:24 AM

Note: Melissa was answering an earlier edit of the question, which was more about cost vs benefits. Her answer was a good one, and apropos; +1

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on April 07, 2011
at 01:14 AM

I am specifically asking if organic is better though. Are organic pesticides really any better? I buy organic too, but I'm wondering if it's worth it.

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