Before this "organic" to me meant: expensive, nice idea, faddish and definitely not something I sought out.
This trip has been life-changing. I've become an organic convert overnight. I do not want to eat fruit or plant byproducts from roots which are constantly exposed to weedkiller or insecticide so strong that it kills all around it (except the root itself).
Even though I don’t use chemicals I know for a fact that my livestock and produce are contaminated from neighbour’s drift. I’ve had to empty out 6 large troughs because they had a thick film of roundup surfactant and glyphosate on them. I’ve been sick in bed for a day because my idiot neighbour sprayed during inversion conditions and his whole payload landed on my barn. It’s not fun, let me tell you.
Try not to be emotional when your own water tanks, your only source of water, is full of your neighbours chemicals and poisoning your children. Try not to be emotional when legislation provides no protection to spray victims because Bayer uses the “when used in accordance with the label” get out of jail free card.
I dare anyone who doesn’t buy organic to get a sample of their vegetables sent to a lab for a full organic tox screen and see how you feel then. Unlike vaccines, glyphosate is actually shown to cause autism among a number of other issues. Comparing one person’s desire to contribute positively to the environment with anti-vaxxers is disgusting.
You must be talking about herbicide, not insecticide. Herbicide kills unwanted plants, that's the whole point. It generally doesn't kill insects or "everything around it". Numerous unsuccessful attempts were made to show that Roundup/Glyphosate was harmful to bees, for example.
> I do not want to eat fruit or plant byproducts from roots which are constantly exposed to weedkiller or insecticide so strong that it kills all around it (except the root itself).
You should be aware then that there is such a thing as organic pesticides/herbicides which are no less "harmful" than their non-organic counterparts. The difference between organic/non-organic is generally whether a compound is synthetic or not, which is a completely nonsensical distinction from a health/environmental standpoint.
Herbicides/Pesticides are indispensable tools for modern agriculture. They generally have been tested to be safe to use on produce for human consumption. You should probably be more worried about the natural chemicals that some of these plants contain.
Yes, but there were also successful attempts. https://www.pnas.org/content/115/41/10305 https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jafc.8b02212
1000 people not finding the right reason does not mean it does not exist, it just means they didn't find it. When somebody does find it, we don't say "we'll only listen to you when 1001 papers agree with you".
The video is convincing, but in practice it takes a lot of time and breaks many roots, so it's not ideal.
This type of anecdotal feelings based decision making is how we ended up with widespread anti-vaccine, anti-gluten, anti-GMO sentiment, etc.
In most countries the requirements for what constitutes as organic are so loose, that you are not going to see differences similar to this one.
I feel like sourcing from places that you trust is the best way to proceed. I would not trust a label, just because they claim to have organic produce.