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Organic Farmers Fighting Pesticides Sprayed by State   

By Fredrica Syren:

Organic crops are being sprayed with pesticides. Now what is wrong with this sentence? Yes, usually “pesticides” and “organic” do not go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, if you grow organic food, pesticide should never be considered. That’s what organic food growers in California are saying as they fight a proposed California pest management program that will include compulsory pesticide spraying of organic crops at the state’s discretion.

This program is a planned response to the issue of pests like fruit flies, weevils, beetles, fungus or blight that are threatening Organic no spraycrops. The pest in question this time is a disease-carrying pest that attacks citrus trees and already has caused billions of dollars in damage in both Florida and Texas. So far, there has been no sign of an outbreak of the disease in California’s $2.4 billion citrus industry.

The pesticide used to fight it is called neonicotinoid, which is linked to a decline of crop-pollinating bees. This controversial pesticide is completely banned by the Europe Union. Many scientific studies have been done on this particular pesticide’s effect on bees, and most agree the results raise serious questions about the use of the pesticides. California Certified Organic Farmers encourage the state to consider using nontoxic alternatives like long-term methods to strengthen crops and habitats to fight tropical species.

California’s organic farmers do have a good reason to be concerned, as organic food is a thriving business, reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year. California is a leader in the nation’s organic sales, responsible for one-third of the U.S. organic food industry.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s pest-management plan says that organic farmers can sell sprayed crops as nonorganic instead and would, therefore, limit their financial loss in case of a compulsory state pesticide spraying of organic crops. Many of the organic farmers, however, claim they would rather stop farming than sell conventional crops.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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