organic

Is your organic produce really pesticide-free?

Saturday, March 30, 2013 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Tags: organic product, pesticide, residents

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history
600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine already tested on humans; deployed via air, food and water
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
Flu vaccine kills 13 in Italy; death toll rises
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Whooping cough outbreak at Massachusetts high school affected only vaccinated students

Delicious
(NaturalNews) The incredible success and sustained growth of the organic movement over the past several decades has led to many positive changes for the general food supply, which include the increased availability of clean food. But there is a common misperception among many in the natural health community that all organic food, and particularly all organic produce, is grown using absolutely no pesticides, herbicides, or other external inputs.

In truth, some organic foods are, indeed, grown with chemical inputs, which may come as a surprise to some. But the good news is that these inputs are not the same as the inputs used on conventional produce, and do not contain any synthetic ingredients. In most cases, natural and organic pesticides are developed completely from plant and herb components, and actually promote the health of both plants and soil.

Depending on the size, scope, and focus of a particular organic farm, varying cultivations standards can be legally employed and still be considered organic. Small-scale, family-operated biodynamic organic farms, for instance, may be able to successfully grow all their produce using absolutely no chemical interventions whatsoever, while larger-scale organic farms may need to apply certain chemical solutions to their crops in accordance with the official organic standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

"[O]rganically produced fruits and vegetables are grown in an environment absent of synthetic chemicals, yes, but the notion that they're grown without chemicals at all is false," explains Doug Smith from ElephantJournal.com about the issue. "The fact is, most state laws allow organic farmers to spray a whole gamut of chemical sprays, powders and pellets on their organic crops. That is, if they are 'organic' or natural chemical sprays, powders and pellets."

Some organic inputs may have questionable safety records, say some

Are these approved-for-organic growing chemicals safe? Yes, but possibly no, according to some. As it turns out, certain natural pesticides and insecticides like rotenone-pyrethrin, for instance, or Spinosad, may be potentially harmful to humans. The former was linked in a 2011 study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives to potentially causing Parkinson's disease, while the latter is said to be highly toxic to insects and fish.

Sure, not all organic crops are grown using these chemicals -- many organic growers, in fact, truly do use only all-natural cultivation methods that pose no risks to human health. But some organic crops, including some varieties of organic lettuce, have allegedly tested significantly higher for certain organic-approved pesticides and herbicides than their conventional counterparts have for much more harmful synthetic pesticides and herbicides.

What does this mean for you and your family? While the goal here is not to tarnish the organic label in any way -- organic certification is currently the best and most trustworthy system we have for regulating the production and sale of clean, chemical-free food -- it is important that readers be aware of the fact that chemicals are still sometimes used on organic foods. Natural News readers will recall that we addressed this issue recently as it pertains to organic apples, some of which are legally sprayed with antibiotics to protect against fire blight.

At the same time, organic growers who have been in the industry for years insist that even though certain organic growing chemicals may be used on some organic crops, the practice is safer and far superior to conventional growing methods. One organic farmer, commenting on Smith's assessment of the issue, states: "I've never put anything on my crops that I couldn't eat," and goes on to explain that his methods are much safer for the planet and people "than what I did before I was organic." And many others in the field echo this sentiment.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.elephantjournal.com

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110214115442.htm

http://www.naturalnews.com

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.