But the point of this post is to share an article someone posted on the old Facebook and caught my eye. She’s a parenting advice columnist… I don’t have spawn. BUT I’m sharing her post because it’s got some good stuff in it. She also writes things like this so she has to be good:
I have no idea who this writer is; she seems to actually love the idea of organic, and YET I really enjoyed reading and agreed with a lot of the points in her article. It was weird and uncomfortable, but I’m okay with that. She makes some excellent points about the use of pesticides and other chemicals in both conventional and organic crop production. Things like:
“Indeed, in a 1989 report, researchers at McGill University grew apples using either a mixture of organically approved natural pesticides, including a mixture of Rotenone and pyrethrins, or a synthetic pesticide called Imidan. They found that, using the natural pesticides, they could achieve a 75 percent yield on their apples only if they sprayed the fruit at least six to seven times throughout the growing season; using the synthetic pesticide, they could get a 90 percent yield with just four sprays.”
This is exactly the stuff I rant about to my friends about but she somehow does it more eloquently.
Here is the full article: Skip the Organic Aisle; Conventional Produce is Good for Your Kids
Overall, if you are a parent of a child, or just a plain human without offspring, you should read this. I haven’t read something so well-written regarding this idea that:
we, as a society, decided at some point, that organic produce was the only responsible option. It’s the “in thing”. We are terrifying ourselves to the point of hysterics, trying to decide how healthy our food is, which is unnecessary. We don’t have to eat what is prescribed to us by the rumor mill. We have to stop allowing others to scare us into making scientifically unsupported decisions regarding our personal choice of what to intake.