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I'm curious what everyone's thoughts are and I'm hoping we can define what "organic" REALLY means?! What the the pros and cons? Do you buy organic? Do people truly understand what "organic" is?
I'm sure this debate has been had before but this past week it has been a hot topic in our house. Let me explain. My family has been farming blueberries for 4 generations now and besides being the largest grower in BC, my parents are co-owners of a hugely successful processing and shipping plant for fresh and frozen fruit. My dad is very active in our community and participates on the North American Blueberry Council and is president of the BC Blueberry Council.....he's sort of the go-to guy in our community and surrounding communities. Anyhow, to the point.......our contract with Smuckers has recently been compromised because they found worms in the fruit after it was shipped to Smuckers and had been pureed to start the jam making process. This is one of the reasons that pesticides and insecticides can/are so important. Those farmers (my family included) who don't use (m)any chemicals (pesticides/insecticides) are being forced to spray even now that the berries have blossomed or are in great risk of wasting the rest of the crop.
What is "organic" and is it really better? Do people TRULY understand the ramifications of buying and eating organic?