Organic Vs Pesticides
The growing popularity of organic foods over the past few years has led to an increase in people wanting to learn more about no pesticides and fertiliser. But what exactly are they? And why are they important? In this article we look at what the terms mean, how they impact on our health, and how you can go about buying and using them yourself. After reading this article, you should be able to decide whether organically-grown foods are for you.
So what are no pesticides and fertiliser? They are defined as substances or ingredients which are introduced into a food or drinks without the direct intervention of the grower, so that no synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or other artificial products are introduced into the food. Most of us have seen no pesticide labels on tomatoes or onions, and so these have been classified as organically grown vegetables. The absence of synthetic chemicals means that no artificial fertiliser was used to promote the plant’s growth. This was a major step forward in developing organic standards and has since then been applied to many other foods. Now, if you buy a product with no pesticides or fertiliser attached, you know that it was produced in an organic factory that following the same guidelines.
Organic gardening is an important topic, because many pesticides and herbicides have been linked to serious health problems and diseases. Studies have shown that there can be links between exposure to various chemicals and the development of breast cancer, rectal bleeding, and infertility. Pesticides and other artificial products are thinking to create more residue in the food, making people unnecessarily ingesting them, especially those on organic farms who eat such unsupervised. Also, some of the chemicals in pesticides may trigger negative reactions in people sensitive to them, making them unsuitable for consumption by those with special diets or with special health conditions.
As people become increasingly aware of the adverse effects of pesticides used on food, organic farming practices have started to gain favour. For example, organic farms use natural fertiliser. This reduces the use of chemicals and minimises runoff. They also use organic farming methods which prevent soil erosion and restore habitats, including natural composting toilets and manure spreaders. Finally, farmers keep their soils and water free of pesticides and other chemicals, and protect the environment by following strict pollution standards.
There are many reasons why organic farmers choose to use natural fertiliser and composts, rather than synthetic pesticides. In order to grow crops using natural fertiliser, farmers need to supplement it from natural sources. In this way, they avoid using synthetic pesticides. They may also avoid using some natural pesticides, such as rotenone.
Rotten egg shells have long been recognised as pest repellents. In fact, natural pest repellents such as the rotenone plant contain high levels of naturally occurring toxins (such as nitrogen). These insect repellent toxins only affect mosquitoes, however. They have not, however, been shown to be effective against other insects. Pesticides containing rotenone can, however, repel other pests including ticks and fleas. This is because they affect the nervous system and body systems of insects and cause them to avoid certain foods, and/or breed in abnormal numbers.
The natural methods of growing food do not harm the environment. On the contrary, they promote biodiversity by reintroducing natural predators to control insects and restore natural habitats. In this respect, synthetic pesticides are not “natural” per se, since their main ingredients are man-made chemicals. Similarly, many pesticides are derived from natural plant compounds, rather than being created artificially. It is important to recognise that many insects are natural predators; a pest that has become herbivores is still in natural survival, and will not die off.
Many people ask if organic produce is safe to eat. Since organic crops are grown without the use of pesticides, they are safe to eat. But even in non-organic farming, the use of some pesticides can pose a danger to your health. Therefore, it is always best to read the label of ingredients of any food you purchase, especially if you intend to buy organically produced food.