If you can’t spend a bushel on organic produce, prioritize by avoiding the conventionally grown ones (such as apples) that are most contaminated by pesticides.
Q: Why is it so expensive to go organic? By eating a bare minimum of food, I could swing it by myself, but I’m charged with feeding consume-mass-quantity types. I would be in debt buying just half our family’s monthly food consumption. It seems like you have to be rich to go organic.
Monikka Marie Jackson, Queen Village, New York
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Q: We’re putting in new flooring. My first choice was hardwood, but I have recently read a lot about bamboo. Because it is renewable, it seems to be a better option. But how is it grown? Who is harvesting it? Are the people in the industry fair to their employees? Is it truly a better option for the environmentally conscious or is it just a marketing tactic?
Kathleen DiBacco, Darien, Illinois
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Umbra Fisk dispenses advice on all things green for Grist Magazine (Grist.org), an online publication that tackles environmental topics with irreverence, intelligence and a fresh perspective.