There are quite some reasons why we should buy organic strawberries. In May (or earlier when you live in sunny California) it’s strawberry season. You can find them in any supermarket or farmers market.
The reasons why it is important to get Organic Strawberries:
1. Strawberries are grown with the most pesticides than any other crops.
2. California is the one US-State that messes up the strawberries (more info in the video)
If you watch the video at the end of this article you will find out why it is better to buy the organic strawberries despite the fact they are more expensive. Did you know that 88 percent of all strawberries for the US market are harvested in California? It makes sense because of the climate and normally with all this sunshine you might ask: Do they really need to apply pesticides? They do apply them and not in minor quantities.
3. What pesticides are they using for strawberries?
The two most common are 1,3-Dichloropropene (1,3-D) and chloropicrin, both of which are banned in the EU. Chloropicrin is really bad because it has its roots in WWI. It’s a tear gas that seems to work very well in killing all the pest-plagues fruit. BUT this teargas is contaminating the air, it does not end up on the fruit. Research has shown that farm workers and people of nearby communities suffer from the spraying as it affects their health.
The gas is injected into the oil and it has the potential to drift off-site. Exposure can cause eye irritation and watering and respiratory trouble.
The ingredient of the tear gas is Chloropicrin which is…. “Chloropicrin is used as a fumigant for warehouses, cereals and grains. It is also a soil insecticide, and is added in trace amounts as a warning agent in odorless gases such as methyl bromide. Previously, it was used as a chemical warfare agent by the military because of its strong irritancy and potency in inducing lacrimation…” this is an official excerpt from a .gov website (Source)
This gas should never be used on any produce! In 2015 a warning had been made by California regulators ruled that farmers must restrict their use of chloropicrin. They advised the farmers to handle accordingly but really, do we now if this is being done by the farmers? CA’s use of it increased 650 percent from 1991 to 2012. That means in 2012 8.7 Million pounds of Chloropicrin had been used on the fields!
One article on The Modern Farmer has caught my attention – if you like to find out more how a Californian Farmer from Swanton Berry Farm, is approaching this situation of fumigating the crops, click here – Go to the Article –