What exactly would be the most effective and safest way to remove any residue?
I'm going to ask at the fruit orchard what they're spraying on their trees, because all the apples look beautiful and free of insects...Don't you think that in order to accomplish that, even when organically grown, there has to be something they use to prevent bugs from infesting everything...They might organically fertilize but to stop infestation of critters, what could be safely used?.
"Organically grown" food is food grown and processed using no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Pesticides derived from natural sources (such as biological pesticides) may be used in producing organically grown food.
Botanicals: Botanical pesticides are those derived from plants. They include pyrethrum, rotenone, sabadilla, neem, ryania, and garlic. Strychnine and nicotine are also botanicals, but are expressly prohibited in organic production [§205.602(e) and §205.602(f)]. Since botanical pesticides are relatively non-selective and can affect both natural predators and parasites in the field, they should be used minimally. Botanicals can also affect other non-target organisms. Rotenone, for example, is highly toxic to fish.
Biologicals: Biological pesticides contain disease organisms or toxins derived from disease organisms effective in pest control. Among the better known biologicals are Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), Beauveria bassiana, Trichoderma harzianum, and Spinosad. Usually, biologicals are more selective and safer to use than botanical insecticides. However, insect pests have been observed to develop resistance to biologicals, as they have to most synthetic pesticides. Therefore, biologicals should also be used sparingly to preserve them as tools for the long term.
Spray Oils: Vegetable- or animal-derived oils are generally allowed as suffocating (stylet) oils, summer oils, dormant oils, and surfactants. Also, some petroleum-derived oils, referred to as narrowrange oils, are allowed for the same purposes. Spray oils are commonly used to control scale and mite pests. Consult with MDA’s State Chemist list http://www.kellysolutions.com/md/pesticideindex.htm to be sure you are not planning to use a prohibited form of pesticidal.
Insecticidal Soaps: Fatty acid insecticidal soaps are synthetic pesticides specifically allowed in organic production [§205.601(e)(6)]. Insecticidal soaps can be hard on beneficial predatory mites, are mildly phytotoxic, and should be used with caution.
Minerals: Mineral-based pesticides include sulfur, copper products, diatomaceous earth, and kaolin clay. Arsenic, lead, and sodium fluoaluminate are minerals that are specifically prohibited [§205.602(b), §205.602(c), and §205.602(d)]. While mineral-based pesticides are allowed, caution is required in their use. Sulfur can reduce the populations of some beneficial insects and may also burn plants if used during hot weather. Since copper may accumulate in some soils, monitoring of soil copper levels is advisable. Diatomaceous earth can cause respiratory problems in people and animals. Note also that some formulations of mineral products—particularly coppers—may not be allowed in organic production. Consult with MDA’s State Chemist list http://www.kellysolutions.com/md/pesticideindex.htm and OMRI if uncertain.
Pheromones: Pheromones are hormones generally used in products called mating disrupters. Being totally natural, the hormones themselves are allowed in organic production. However, most (perhaps all) commercial mating disrupter products contain List 3 inerts. Some of these inerts—BHT specifically—have been recommended for addition to the National List in the future. Because the status of mating disrupters is uncertain, consult MDA before using them.
I'm just wondering why everything in the health food store looks just like the non organic fruits and veggies...What did farmers have to do to organic produce to give it such a long shelf life?
Recently, studies were reported in the news media where they had been comparing nutritional value of organic to non organic produce and results were almost equal, yet here's the interesting part....it was suggested that pregnant women eat organic.. HUH?? feed non organic to your children, your families, but protect the mother and her unborn baby? It's the same with tuna fish. Pregnant women are encouraged
not to eat it often.