Why Organic Doesn't Mean Pesticide-Free

Why Organic Doesn't Mean Pesticide-Free

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Jun 23, 2011

For many shoppers, "organic" is synonymous with "pesticide-free" — but did you know produce can contain commercial pesticides and still be labeled organic? NPR explains why organic labeling is less straightforward than it seems.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 20 percent of organic lettuce tests positive for pesticides, particularly a pesticide made by Dow Chemical called spinosad. Organic labeling laws allow naturally occurring chemicals to be applied to crops...

Read the full post at The Kitchn

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