Why do consumers prefer organic to conventional produce when both use pesticides?

Investigators at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have discovered cases of organic fraud abroad as well as in the U.S. In 2013, 19 farmers or food companies were fined a total of $87,000 for misusing the organic label.

What gets overlooked by [activist] groups are the reports from the USDA itself that show that even organic foods have pesticide residues on them — some are synthetic pesticides and some, like Spinosad, are ones approved for organic uses. Feel comfortable, though, because that same USDA data showed safe levels for consuming both commercial and organic products.

Notably, when we say that many organic products have residue on them, oftentimes American farmers aren’t to blame. A massive percentage of organic food consumed in America is imported, with China and Turkey being prime sources. And, it’s not uncommon for mainstream media such as The Washington Post or NPR to note that the farmers in these countries bend the rules significantly(actually, let’s call a spade a spade — they flat out break the rules)to get that organic label on there.

Just about all of our food is sprayed and processed in some way, whether through packaging or blending or something else. It’ll never hurt to eat food from the produce section of your grocery store or from your farmer’s market.

Just be sure to wash it first.

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