Thinking of growing
organic strawberries at home? A
all the poisons your strawberries are laced with before you get them to
your plate. Planting strawberries is wise, and growing
strawberries is dead easy! So why eat poisoned berries when
eat garden fresh?
By the time your red, luscious and inviting strawberries get to your
plate from your supermarket they have been dosed with so many poisonous
chemicals that they are now heavily laced with toxic chemicals. So
how safe is our food in general?
When you consider how easy it is to grow strawberries, even in
containers, there really isn't a need to support these strawberry
farms who do not grow their fruit organically. Here are 4 reasons
for planting and growing organic strawberries.
So What Poisons are Sprayed on Non-Organically Grown
1) The first reason for
organic strawberries is that a lot of chemicals
growing strawberries in mainstream farming. The first lot of chemicals
are those that will be pumped into the soil to fumigate the soil
soil borne diseases that can sometimes attack strawberries.
Note I said, "sometimes". It really depends on where you are
strawberries and the
being planted. Some strawberry varieties are more resistant to
soil borne diseases than others.
So the soil is fumigated with1,3-dichloropropene (DCP) - still widely
used in the USA
despite its link to cancer, although being phased out in the European
Union, plus chloropicrin (PS)
- so toxic that it has
been used in
metam sodium or metam potassium to just make sure that the
strawberries don't get attacked sometime in the future. When you are
growing organic strawberries you make sure that your soil is wholesome
with well-rotten farmyard manure, blood and bone and slightly acidic.
No organic strawberry farmer would dream about fumigating the soil.
So how bad are these poisons that are used to fumigate the soil in
preparation of the strawberry beds? Well, so bad that farmers have to
wait 3 months before they can replant a crop in this treated soil.
Not only that, but in some parts of the USA, particularly California
they are spraying the soil with methyl idodide that is so highly toxic
and carcinogenic that it is specifically used on lab rats to induce
By placing these dangerous chemicals in the soil, when the plants are
watered the toxics then are drawn up through the root system and
dispersed throughout the cells of the plant, including the fruit. Thus
the poisons are now systemic rather than something that you could wash
off before you eat it.
People often complain about being allergic to strawberries. However,
one has to stop and think, is it a strawberry allergy or is it a
reaction to the chemically laced strawberries that are being eaten.
Should you feed these to your babies and kids?
2) The second reason for
organic strawberries is that a few days after planting out
strawberry plants, they are then sprayed with more chemicals. This
time they are sprayed to control cutworm or to control nematodes.
3) The third reason for
organic strawberries is that every week after that the
strawberry plants are routinely sprayed for any diseases that may
affect the leaves or the fruit. They are also sprayed with chemical
insecticides for insects that may attack the plants.
4) The fourth and last
growing organic strawberries is that once your
chemically-treated berries have finally been picked they are further
treated to a dipping in a fungicide to prevent the fruit from future
before you get to put your dollop of cream on them.
When you see strawberry fields being sprayed by workers in hazmat suits
you do have to wonder how it is that the FDA or other food bodies
around the world allow this treatment of our food and deem it safe!
Still need to think about why you shouldn't be growing organic
strawberries in your own backyards?
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