It is our experience that the average consumer has little idea what organic certification is about or what it means.
Many they think organic is natural and pesticide-free. In general, then these terms not correct. Organic farmers also have many insect pests to manage, weather systems to navigate, and a host of issues that the rest of us wouldn’t dream of.
For example, the cornerstone of Natural Food Certifiers’ Kosher program, is the apple. Here is a list of possible pesticides used in apple orchards across America:
Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide that has been used since the mid-1960s. More than 10 million pounds of chlorpyrifos are used on crops each year, with more than half being applied to corn. As explained by Environmental Protection Agency – Chlorpyrifos may lead to nervous system damage for humans, including paralysis and death in high doses.
Diphenylamine shows up on apples more than any other pesticide, possibly because it is used post-harvest rather than in the orchard to prevent scald, which is a browning of the skin. This pesticide has been used since 1947, although since the 1990s the U.S. government has begun regulation changes. It is banned in Europe for use on apples.
This is a fungicide (used for a number of personal care and industrial products, such as cosmetics and vinyl). It is applied to apples during growth to prevent fungi that could ruin the crop.Negative effects of Captan use include conjunctivitis and dermatitis in low quantities and gastrointestinal stress in higher quantities.
Here is an organic list:
Generally, pesticides derived from natural substances or living organisms are allowed in organic production if they do not contain prohibited synthetic additives or are not specifically prohibited on the National List. Allowed materials typically include biological pesticides, botanical pesticides, dormant and summer oils, fatty acid insecticidal soaps, minerals and pheromones. The few synthetic pesticides allowed in organic production are on the National List under 205.601:
Which apple makes sense to you? Which would you rather eat? Which should you use in your recipe in your next production?
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