December 7, 2012

Pesticides on Organics: Not Much Is Known

Steve Savage, Applied Mythology

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Are there really less pesticide residues on organic crops?  The answer might not be as simple as you think.

A few weeks ago it was announced that for the first time in the history of USDA-Organic, there will be mandatory pesticide residue testing starting in 2013.  This was always a theoretical possibility, but a government audit of certifiers showed that it essentially never happened.  Now it will, at least to some extent (something like 5% of operations)

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TAGGED: Organic Food, Agriculture, USDA, Pesticide