Do you need an organic pumpkin this Halloween? Well, it depends.
The number one downside of organic pumpkins is cost. If you have more than one child or want more than one Halloween pumpkin, you’re going to end up shelling out more cash if you go the organic pumpkin route. With this in mind you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons.
On one hand, pumpkins have fewer pesticides than many other produce items. On the other hand, avoiding pesticides is not the sole reason to go organic. Supporting local and organic agriculture also means…
- Healthier farmers and farm workers.
- Healthier rivers, soil, streams, rivers, and air.
- Healthier agriculture in general – “Two of the major herbicides used in pumpkins, clomazone and ethalfluralin, have either the potential to injure the crop being grown or cause severe injury to non-target plants.” Source.
- Reduced overall pesticides in our environment. Sources note that if every single pumpkin farm went organic, it would cut out about 400,000 pounds of toxic chemicals a year.
- Your kids get a lesson about incorporating eco-friendly, organic practices into the holiday season.
What I think…
It’s always smart to buy organic but when it comes to budgeting for an average family I believe in purchasing produce with the most pesticides first, such as apples, before buying pumpkins.
Lastly, if you can’t afford an organic pumpkin, don’t let the guilt ruin your Halloween. There are bigger green concerns in our world than the shame of a couple of pumpkins – for example do you recycle all year? Unplug appliances? Teach your kids about green issues? That’s all way more important than an organic pumpkin.
If you still want an organic pumpkin…
If you really want an organic pumpkin, but can’t afford it try to cut other Halloween costs. Use recycled home goods for costumes, throw a potluck style party, make homemade recycled decor, give out fewer treats, and so on. Look for other ways to save on Halloween costs so that you can afford an organic pumpkin. Additionally go to a local farm not your Whole Foods or other natural market for your pumpkin. Local farms usually charge less for organic, plus you and the kiddos get to head out for some fun Halloween time at the farm together.
Are you going with organic or conventional pumpkins this Halloween?
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