Does Organic Mean Pesticide Free?

Do you buy Organic food? If so, why? Are you hoping to avoid pesticides?

The U.S. organic industry is booming! In 2015, organic food in the U.S. made over $43 billion in annual sales and it’s continuing to trend upwards. Avoiding pesticides is the number one reason people shop organic. But here is the thing, organic farmers do use pesticides and fungicides to treat their crops. In fact, there are many chemicals that are approved by the US Department of Agriculture for use in certified organic agriculture.

So what is the difference between the pesticides used in organic and conventionally grown food? It is the origin of the pesticide. Most organic pesticides must come from a natural source, as opposed to synthetic pesticides that are common in conventional agriculture. But does naturally derived pesticides mean that they are better for the environment or less carcinogenic? Scientific American writes, “It has been assumed for years that pesticides that occur naturally (in certain plants, for example) are somehow better for us and the environment than those that have been created by man. As more research is done into their toxicity, however, this simply isn’t true, either. Many natural pesticides have been found to be potential – or serious – health risks.”

Organic Farmers Use Pesticides Salad on Fork

And while certified organic farmers may be using primarily naturally occurring pesticides, the U.S. Department of Agriculture does allow,”some synthetic substances are listed as exceptions to the basic rule and are allowed for use in organic agriculture.” For instance, farmers may use specific synthetically derived pheromones or animal vaccinations and continue to receive their organic certification.

There are several critics of the Organic Certification process. Michael Pollan (you may know him from his many books or the Netflix series COOKED) tells Organic Gardening Magazine many organic farmers are “organic by the letter, not organic in spirit… if most organic consumers went to those places, they would feel they were getting ripped off.”

Which brings up these questions, what is stopping us from knowing what is happening to our food? What if instead of purchasing our certified organic produce at triple the cost, we went beyond organic? What if we traveled to our backyard and pulled our own tomatoes that we grew ourselves? Or we made a visit to a local farmer and supported them? What if we looked beyond the marketing and started a food revolution? I have a feeling we’d find what we are looking for in our produce: more biodiversity for our environment, less disease for ourselves, and a more stable local economy. Who is ready to start a revolution?

Reasons You Shouldn’t Raise Rabbits

Typically this is the part of the blog post where I’m supposed to introduce you to reasons you shouldn’t be raising rabbits, but we don’t have time for that. There are plenty of normal humans just wandering around the internet, falling in love with the idea of having their own sustainable meat right in their backyard, and I need to help those poor lost souls before they get in so deep they cannot be rescued.

Reasons You Shouldn't Raise Rabbits with graphic of gray rabbit

Perfectly good meat appears in the back of grocery stores that doesn’t require an animal being murdered.

Have you ever seen a pork or a beef out in the wild? No, you haven’t. Because they don’t exist. It’s not science. It’s magic.

Knowing what food your meal has eaten is just plain wrong. 

Why feed your animal organic plants from your garden when it could instead be eating phytoestrogens and genetically modified organisms? That old saying, “you are what you eat” doesn’t apply to food because scientists created a filtration system from styrofoam wrappers and ignorance to just pull away all of the bad stuff. I’m really concerned about how you will filter your meat if you have neither styrofoam nor ignorance.

An angel loses its wings every time you pay less than $0.50 for “free-range,” “organic,” or “grass-fed” meat.

Don’t you dare get me started on those that eat gourmet meals for free because they grow their rabbit’s food. I may not know what the angel loses at that point, but I do know one thing, there will be severe consequences for those types of actions.

No one should love something they will one day consume.

Honestly, I’m ashamed that you would even consider caring about something you will one day eat. And praying or thanking the soul before it is harvested? What are you? A monster? Be a decent human and grow your meals in pens where they cannot turn around and get to stand in their own poo for their entire life. That is the very least you could do for an animal that will one day sacrifice it’s life for you.

You should only consume ugly animals. 

adorable photo of baby animals traditionally raised as livestock

I’m sure you heathen rabbit raisers and homesteaders can give our readers a few more reasons why you shouldn’t be raising rabbits. Go on. Don’t be shy. Tell them.