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  •  I should add... I just got sent and am about to go (0+ / 0-)

    to walmart to buy ten canisters of salt. We are down to zero and my wife is pickling mustard greens and making those steamed rice with coconut milk inside banana leaves things today. Not sea salt, not organic, just salt, without iodine because that changes the taste for pickling.

    How big is your personal carbon footprint?

    by ban nock on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 07:17:06 AM PDT

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    •  Sounds delicious n/t (0+ / 0-)
    •  Well, it's not what you're buying, in this case. (0+ / 0-)

      It's who you're buying it from that should give you pause. Walmart? Really? You're going to help give the Waltons another few billion?

      As far as the organic food goes, one part of the study is spot-on and the other is very suspicious, given what the actual data they use has to say. The part about organics being nutritionally the same is of course correct and really should be common sense too, if people would think about it. Raising something organic doesn't change what it is, as you rightly point out. An organic potato is still going to have the same nutritional value as every other potato of that variety. Why anyone thought this was not so I can't imagine unless they thought organic farming was somehow able to work magic. The dismissal of contamination, though, was in contravention of their own data and is pretty obviously something they suppressed in order to keep their Big Ag funding.

      As for what you're buying itself, salt is salt unless it's still in a natural form that has impurities in it (like the "specialty" salts that were big a couple of years ago.) Most commercial salt is made in large-scale vacuum evaporators that produce pure sodium chloride. There's no point is "organic salt" since the very process means their identical and both have no impurities at all. So there you made the right choice.

      Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

      by Stwriley on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 10:31:43 AM PDT

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