Pesticides are harmful to us and the environment. There are more than 9,000 different acceptable pesticides that have been approved by the FDA. You may not be able to see, smell or taste them, but unless you eat organically-grown food, you’re consuming them. And unfortunately these pesticides don’t harm only the pests they are intended for. They can pose health risks for us too. Even produce certified as organic may contain some pesticides that are allowed under the organic certification, although the amount of pesticides on organic produce will be far less than that used on commercially-grown, non-organic produce.
So are pesticides even necessary? Contrary to what the developers of agricultural pesticides would tell you, the answer is NO. And the one way to make sure the food you eat is pesticide-free is to grow your own, work with nature instead of “fighting” against her, and use natural pesticides if you really have to. [Read more…] about Using Natural Pesticides In Your Vegetable Garden