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Is organic food bad for the environment?

Locally grown, organic carrots might look prettier, but are they any better for the planet?
Locally grown, organic carrots might look prettier, but are they any better for the planet? (Deposit Photos/)

You might find yourself faced with a conundrum each time you go to the grocery store: whether to buy organic. Though it’s more expensive, it seems to be better for both you and the environment. But is it actually?

When it comes to environmental costs, comparing organic and conventional is complicated. Studies have found mixed results, depending on the variables they include and what they consider an impact (kilograms of carbon dioxide? Nutrient runoff?). While organic crops tend to emit fewer pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions, that’s sometimes offset by lower yields. Location matters as well. All in all, it’s a complex task to

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