Most of us are obsessed with eating organic produce, if we care at all, and most care at one level or another. But is organic produce all that it is cracked up to be? What is the difference between organic and non-organic produce. Does organic mean that the fruit and veggie in question is chemical free too? Are there rules or regulations protecting us or outlining what constitutes what? Yes, actually there are rules about what is called organic and its maintenance. In the end, if we do not know how to protect ourselves, we become the victim of our negligence.
In 2006 the U.S. Congress mandated that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study the dangers of almost 10 thousand commonly used farming pesticides. The reason was concern for child safety. While adults and kids are affected the study would have impact up and down the line. Logic does not discriminate by sex, age, nationality or religion. We are all vulnerable to the effects of toxins regardless of their origin or use.
Organic produce is NOT chemical free and does include pesticides. The determining factors being the following. To be called organic, the ground where the fruit or veggies grow must be black listed pesticide free for a minimum of 3 years. If this standard is not met the product in question cannot be called organic. Growing chemical free produce can be done but likely only in a home garden. And to be fully “added chemical free” the grower would have to avoid all fertilizers as, they are by their nature chemicals aren’t they. In the end, if we eat produce with or without harsh or industrial pesticides, they are without question light years beyond the alternative of eating junk or processed foods. Beware and be healthy.