Originally posted by christoph
Originally posted by InfamousRebel
reply to post by Urantia1111
Nope. Common misconception.
Contrary to what most people believe, "organic" does not automatically mean "pesticide-free" or "chemical-free". In fact, under the laws of
most states, organic farmers are allowed to use a wide variety of chemical sprays and powders on their crops.
edit on 9-9-2012 by InfamousRebel because: (no reason given)
but are the crops sprayed with roundup and modified to be resistant to it? i'd rather take my chances washing some organic veggies and eating them
There are several requirements for something to be certified as organic. Not to mention that what they DO use as pesticides (and not all organic
farmers use pesticides) has strict guidelines on what is and is not allowed to be used. I'd certainly rather eat something that had potassium
bicarbonate on it than Roundup. Organic farmers also rotate crops which is essential to producing good, nutrient rich veggies and fruits. If you plant
the same crop over and over again in the same place, it robs the soil of certain nutrients that are traditionally part of that crop, and eventually,
the crop produced will be paler, not as tasty, and not have as many nutrients.
Different approaches to pest control are equally notable. In chemical farming, a specific insecticide may be applied to quickly kill off a particular
insect pest (animal). Chemical controls can dramatically reduce pest populations for the short term, yet by unavoidably killing (or starving) natural
predator insects and animals, cause an ultimate increase in the pest population. Repeated use of insecticides and herbicides and other pesticides also
encourages rapid natural selection of resistant insects, plants and other organisms, necessitating increased use, or requiring new, more powerful
In contrast, organic farming tends to tolerate some pest populations while taking a longer-term approach. Organic pest control involves the cumulative
effect of many techniques, including:
allowing for an acceptable level of pest damage;
encouraging predatory beneficial insects to control pests;
encouraging beneficial microorganisms and insects; this by serving them nursery plants and/or an alternative habitat, usually in a form of a
shelterbelt, hedgerow, or beetle bank
careful crop selection, choosing disease-resistant varieties
planting companion crops that discourage or divert pests;
using row covers to protect crops during pest migration periods;
using pest regulating plants and biologic pesticides and herbicides
using no-till farming, and no-till farming techniques as false seedbeds 
rotating crops to different locations from year to year to interrupt pest reproduction cycles;
Using insect traps to monitor and control insect populations.
Each of these techniques also provides other benefits—soil protection and improvement, fertilization, pollination, water conservation, season
extension, etc.—and these benefits are both complementary and cumulative in overall effect on farm health. Effective organic pest control requires a
thorough understanding of pest life cycles and interactions.
Organic pest control is similar to integrated pest management in some respects.
Like it or not, organic IS different and the term indeed means something.