i have been doing some research about organic and why the price point is higher than non-organic. initially it seemed off because pesticides cost money and if they aren't being used the costs should be less, however after being enlightened by fellow vber's i understand that costs are spent of other forms of pest controls, shipping, and that pesticides are currently very easy and cheap for farmers to use.
so is organic really organic? nope, at least not in the US.
the USDA has organic standards that include a list of substances allowed, that list is very long and includes many chemicals that are not necessary.
a USDA Organic seal means 95% is organic.
last year many of the organic certifying agencies were put on probation because of violations against organic standards:
here are some non-organic ingredients that are allowed under the USDA organic seal:
this article blames Bush!
and evil monsanto!
http://www.monsanto.co.uk/news/99/ju...edinburgh.html blah blah blah B.S!
according to Wikipedia (i know not very reliable) the national organic program consisted of only 12 employees in 2008.
It's a crock... Organic produce is sometimes sprayed up to 7 times MORE than conventional, but the pesticides are organic, big whoop.
The only organic produce I trust that is not sprayed is what comes from my garden, or my Mom's garden. I buy conventional from the grocery store and just try to wash it thoroughly, should use my veggie wash more often though.
"While our analysis shows that organic foods clearly have much fewer pesticide residues than other choices on the market today, it also suggests several opportunities for organic growers and others to further reduce residue levels."
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