Do you really understand what it means to be organic? A quick search of the internet will five you the pros and cons of eating organic produce, eggs, and meats. But have you considered the birds, bees, and butterflies? Do they know the difference?
The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as follows:
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.
The operative words for this post are most and synthetic.
A friend of Bee Better wrote to share her story. Read on, because this is something to take to heart and don’t let it happen to you.
My friend recently had all her black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars die.
Here’s her story. She was helping out her larvae wiIh additional parsley. After she had run out of her own, she went to Harris Teeter and bought organic parsley. She thought she was doing a good thing. But after the sudden death, and knowing this was an isolated case with her caterpillars, she wrote to the grower of this Harris Teeter herb and got an honest answer. An answer we need to comprehend.
We are an organic grower that is in strict compliance with the USDA. We do, however, use USDA certified organic pesticides to deal with thrips, fungus gnats, etc. Some of these pesticides are harmful to butterfly larvae. I would suggest looking for “naturally grown” parsley as it should not have any pesticides applied to it. I’m sorry for your experience, but we are taking steps to communicate warnings regarding feeding our products to butterflies.
Andrew W. Shields
CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER
Shenandoah Growers, Inc.
3156 North Valley Pike
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
office: (540) 896-6939
fax: (540) 896-6615
The moral of the story, do you want to put these chemicals, organic or otherwise, in your body?Leave this parsley on the shelf and ask a friend you know who grows pesticide-free. We need to be toxic free. Grow more to ensure your urban habitat is fully sustainable.