Why Organic? It’s a simple question that I hear a lot in different forms. Sometimes it is “Why do you buy organic. It’s no different than the regular stuff and it’s more expensive?” Often the question takes the form “Organic growing is just too expensive and doesn’t work as well.” Occasionally I will hear “Why do you worry so much if the (insert your favorite government agency here) says it is safe?”
The Simple Answer
The simplest answer I have found is “Because I have chosen to support organics and live organically.” That is a hard answer for anyone to debate. It is my choice. I don’t need any other reason or explanation. I have researched myself, I have looked at the evidence for myself, and I have made the decisions for myself. Case closed.
Sometimes, a person with rare insight will ask the follow on question, “Well, what was it that convinced you?”
That opens up a new and different opportunity. That gives me the chance to go down my bullet list and offer more information to anyone who wants to make that decision for themselves.
Why do I choose to buy organically grown produce?
- The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) reports from its test data that 70 percent of the produce sold in the US come with pesticide residue.
- Of the samples tested, 92 percent had two or more pesticide residues.
- 60% of the samples tested had residue of Dacthal (DCPA). Dacthal is classified by the EPA as a possible human carcinogen and has been banned in Europe since 2009
- Two hundred twenty-five different pesticide residues were found on popular fruits and vegetables that are routinely sold in supermarkets across the US.
And, the testing procedures used by the USDA called for each sample to be washed and peeled just like it was being used in a home kitchen before testing. That should make you think.
These are just some of the reasons I chose to shop for organically grown produce. Shopping organically doesn’t insure that I am not exposed to toxic chemicals, but I believe it helps reduce the chances. This is also the reason that I chose to grow my vegetables as much as possible using the best organic practices I can manage.
It is up to each of you look at the data that is available then make your own decisions. I have made mine.
Links and Resources
For more information about organic gardening, lifestyles, and living, visit our website at West Texas Organic Gardening.
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Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce, The Environmental Working Group, https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php
USDA, Pesticide Data Program, Agriculture Marketing Service, www.ams.usda.gov/datasets/pdp
USDA, Pesticide Data Program, Agriculture Marketing Service. Annual Summary, Calendar Year 2017, https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2017PDPAnnualSummary.pdf
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