I meet a lot of people who think that organic food is somehow pure. Is grown without pesticides and other undesirable chemicals. It’s simply not true, as I wrote about here: Organic Food Is Grown With Manure From Factory Farms, Synthetic Pesticides.
USDA: Guide For Organic Producers (pdf), Pamela Coleman, November 2012
Synthetic substances allowed for use in organic crop production: … The list includes algaecides, disinfectants, sanitizers, irrigation system cleaners, herbicides, animal repellents, insecticides, miticides, pheromones, rodenticides, slug baits, plant disease controls, soil amendments, and plant growth regulators.
Manures from conventional systems are allowed in organic production, including manure from livestock grown in confinement and from those that have been fed genetically engineered feeds. Manure sources containing excessive levels of pesticides, heavy metals, or other contaminants may be prohibited from use. Such contamination is likely present in manure obtained from industrial-scale feedlots and other confinement facilities.
Herbicide residues have been found in manures and manure-based composts.
Those herbicide residues can be Monsanto’s Roundup.
People say, “Not my organic food!” Their farmer doesn’t use any of those practices. Really? Do they know the farmer who grew their organic popcorn? The organic wheat in their organic bread and pasta? Their organic oats? Organic spices? Organic coffee and tea? Maybe they do.
Look, I will buy organic if I can get my hands on it and if it fits into my budget because I think it might be a hair better. I don’t really know. But I’m not fooling myself that it is some kind of nectar from the gods. We can’t trash the planet like we do and not expect our food to be contaminated.