December 8, 2011 14:03 by Bran
Buying organic is a great way to avoid ingesting pesticides, right? According to Wikipedia, "Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not contain genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives." But what if foods labeled as organic didn't deliver?
CBC News in Canada reports that "23.6 per cent of the 178 organic apples tested in 2009 and 2010 contained pesticide residue." The fact that the herbicides are ending up in produce that's meant to be clean shows that there's a flaw in the system. How can consumers trust the "organic" label if test results prove the foods are actually covered in chemicals?
Perhaps the answer is to test produce products before they hit the shelves. But until a new system is put into place, consumers should be weary!