No Pollution With Organic Foods
For years we have been told that eating organic fruits and vegetables is better for us than eating those with pesticides in them. We are told that pesticides are bad for us and can even cause cancer. Yet when we buy our groceries, we see that they are in plentiful supply. Why is this?
Well, the fact of the matter is that it is hard to kill pests using pesticides. Pests are clever and know how to protect themselves from the poisons. They have developed a natural defence – one that humans do not have. A natural defence is called the insect’s natural enemy or host animal. The key to killing pests is to first identify the insect, then attack it at the root.
If you look at the rows of apple trees, orchards and vineyards, you will see that each is unique. There are a hundred reasons why a pesticide could never be exactly right for a specific situation. There are always exceptions to what can be considered normal. A lot of that is due to the fact that no pesticides are naturally occurring. You would never see wild strawberries growing wild in California or Europe – so why would you find pesticides on some farms?
What has changed in farming over the last few decades? Firstly, with the development of synthetic products farmers are able to use lower amounts of pesticides on their crops. Many farmers are now able to get away with spraying their entire fields with one product (organic lettuce) and only one application (synthetic fertilizer). In the past a field would be sprayed with several different products. The mixed effects of those products would result in an uneven soil condition which would attract more pests.
Another benefit of organic farmers is that they know that a soil that is free of synthetic chemicals and harmful additives can provide a healthy, natural environment for natural critters such as birds, earthworms, amphibians and even insects. The most common natural weed killer on organic farms is the Bacillus Thuringiensis. It is commonly known as garlic weed. This organic farmer discovered that the smell from their garlic fields didn’t bother birds – which is obvious because their natural predators like foxes, coyotes and weasels don’t like to eat it.
One of the problems in chemical-based agriculture is that there is often no balance in the environment. Just because something is chemically treated, doesn’t mean that there are no beneficial insects or naturally occurring organisms that can survive in the residue left behind. Organic farmers have seen to it that many synthetic pesticides are now no longer being used. Instead of using harmful chemicals, they use beneficial insects, natural organic pesticides and other natural methods of pest control. One of the most popular and effective is bacillus thuringiensis. Other methods include using beneficial plants, worms and insects.
Organic farmers use organic fruits and vegetables. The reason why they say that organic food is “the dirtiest food you can eat” is because organic fruits and vegetables are dirt cheap. Plus, there are no pesticides on these fruits and vegetables. If they are grown in soil that is highly acidic, they will definitely become dirty and they will attract more harmful insects and even fungus. Organic foods are the dirtiest foods since they are kept at optimum temperatures and are eaten daily.
Organic foods are much cheaper than non-organic ones. In addition, there are no pesticides on organic fruits and vegetables. However, they do require some time before they can be harvested. Some organic farmers rely on a compost method instead of using pesticides. composted material contains a higher concentration of nutrients and can last for a longer period of time than the non-composted materials.