Organic farmers use pesticides and herbicides—it’s true—but they are applied when holistic farming practices and preventative measures fail. These methods include crop rotations, integrated pest management and building healthy soils that ward off disease and pestilence by balancing the natural environment.
The National Organic Program (NOP) allows 25 synthetic materials in organic production that have been proven to pose little risk to human health or the environment.
Conventional farmers use about 900.
He goes on with his litany that: “Pesticides are by definition toxic, and many organic pesticides pose significant environmental and human health risks.”
Yes, pesticides are meant to be toxic to pests, weeds and disease. Once again, that IS agriculture.
Our dear friend, Merriam-Webster, defines agriculture as “The science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation.”
Organic farming is a science and an art whose practices tread lightly on the planet.