Almost anything can be grown in an ecologically friendly way; almost anything can also be grown in a way that is detrimental to soils, water supplies, and other environmental concerns.
So, for cucumbers and everything else, yes, and no.
For what it needs and what it gives, cucumbers do not seem very eco friendly. They are 97% water and 3% calories, so it takes a lot of water to grow them, and people get very little out of eating them. Dieters like cucumbers because of the 3% calories they contain, but that is very little bang for your buck. With water shortages in the world, it may be hard to justify maintaining such a water hungry crop that provides so little to those who eat it.
rigibson is right – yes and no. One big “no” would be if the seeds came from a major commercial seed supplier. Every time someone purchases seeds from Monsanto, for example, they increase the demand for an industry that tends towards ‘monocropping’ and genetically modified organisms.
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