I agree with the bulk of the arguments that everybody is making here, but here's the issue at hand. When many people go to the grocery store and buy organic fruits and vegetables, they have this vision that it was all grown all "naturally" with nothing but water and sunshine. And that's simply not the case. Commercially grown organic food is treated with pesticides just like non-organic food. The difference being that the pesticides in question come from "organic sources".
One common class of organic pesticides are spinosyn A and spinosyn D, which are mixed together and sold under trade name Spinosad by Dow Chemicals. It's a short lived neurotoxin, that's good at killing bugs. So where does spinosyn A & D come from? It's the fermentation byproduct from the Saccharopolyspora spinosa bacteria. So where did Dow find this incredible bacteria whose poop kills bugs dead? Well, funny story, this biochemist was on vacation in the Caribbean when he decided to take some soil samples from an old abandoned rum factory. Because, apparently, taking soil samples is something scientists are prone to do while on vacation. Anyway, once he gets back stateside he analyzes his souvenirs. Guess what? He's found a new biologically based pesticide from this completely "natural" source. Let's all just ignore the fact that he just so happened to work for Dow Chemicals. And ignore that the fact that this bacteria had never been seen in the wild before or since. And put aside the fact that Dow had been working for 10 years to genetically modify bacteria to do just what this wonderful "natural" bacteria does. Gimme a break.
And so it goes with a lot of the bulk commercial organic pesticides, many of which have dubious production histories, or have similar environmental impacts as their artificial cousins. To your body, poison is poison. Let's not forget that snake venom is 100% natural.
I guess my point is that many organic enthusiasts don't always know the bigger picture. They hop on the net and read all about all of the benefits of eating organic. Then they might look at a few websites from amateur organic gardeners. They see these wonderful natural growing conditions and think "Wow, that's sure looks healthy! That's it! I'm buying organic from here on out!". All the while thinking that those down home growing methods are being applied to the stuff in the grocery store.
But Jinxxy is right, we all should make an effort to limit our exposure to chemicals whenever we can. Because even though something may be considered "safe" now. It'll be decades before we can measure the cumulative effects.
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