Organic products are toxic?
The word “organic” is very loosely used in the grow and garden industry. the organics sold in a grow store are not always labeled “organic”. This is due to certain state laws, cost-prohibitive requirements or a variety of other reasons. To add to the confusion, some products bearing an organic certification may still contain toxins, like some well-known pesticides and fungicides..
What “organic” means in the grow industry.
- Of, marked by, or involving the use of fertilizers or pesticides that are strictly of animal or vegetable origin: organic vegetables; an organic farm.
- Raised or conducted without the use of drugs, hormones, or synthetic chemicals: organic chicken; organic cattle farming.
- Simple, healthful, and close to nature: an organic lifestyle.
- Having properties associated with living organisms.
**Source – reference.dictionary.com
Pesticides & Fungicides
It is also important to keep in mind that even when a pesticide or fungicide is labeled “organic”, that does not mean it is non-toxic. The deadliest poisons on Earth are organic and naturally occurring in the wild. Understand what is in the pesticides and fungicides being sold at your local grow store or being used by your favorite gardener. Research how they work, what types of plants they are designed for, how they are supposed to be applied and how to protect yourself if they are being used. If you do decide to use a toxic pesticide or fungicide, please be cognizant of how it may affect those who work in your garden and those who live near your garden. Better yet, try to avoid all toxins by simply employing an organic preventative maintenance program in your garden. This truly is the best way to keep your garden healthy, pest-free and, most importantly, safe for you, your family, neighbors and anyone consuming your produce. Additionally, if you are not growing for yourself, demand the produce being sold to you be toxin free.