Are Pesticides used in Organic Farming?
Yes, Organic Farming uses Pesticides. This statement contradicts most of the beliefs, but it is a fact that organic pesticides are being used.
What Kind of Pesticides is being used in Organic Farming?
Pesticides which are derived organically (through natural means or substances), and are tested under strict regulatory process. It ensures they are not harmful to human life as well as our environment. Thus, pesticides allowed in organic farming aren’t dangerous.
List of organic and natural pesticides used in organic farming approved and allowed for farmers.
Does Natural Pesticides help towards a better environment?
Natural pesticides have low toxicity, such as quartz sand, citronella, and spearmint oil. Organic farming uses fewer pesticides compared to conventional farming, by the use of crop rotation, effective farming, and plowing.
Copper sulfate is a biological pesticide that can have negative impacts on our environment, and also a risk to aquatic or marine life.
Another natural insecticide called Spinosad is a biological pesticide that has adverse effects on our environment. Due to all such reasons, in some cases, natural pesticides can be more hazardous to the environment than synthetic pesticides.
Use of non-organic pesticides in organic farming
Non-Natural pesticides are also allowed in organic farming, to avoid pests which can become a serious problem. Pheromones, disrupt pest mating cycles and are used on insect traps not applied on the soil or plants.
Study shows, food grown by organic means contains residues of non-organic or synthetic pesticides. Organic agriculture tries to limit the use of pesticides as much as possible.
But in the end, limiting the use of pesticides, and growing food in an organic manner is not an easy task. The biggest difference between organic and conventional agriculture is that organic farming limits the use of pesticides.
Pesticides used in organic farming are not safer or better than the pesticides used in conventional farming, the report suggests.
List of Pesticides used in Organic Farming
Organic Farming uses composts and manures, which also includes pesticides or insecticides such as magnesium sulfate, aluminum-calcium phosphate, sodium chloride, copper sulfate, bacillus thuringiensis, Kaolin Clay, Beauveria bassiana, Kaolin clay, Neem Oil, Plant Oil, and more.
This is a biological pesticide, which is a living organism. Bacillus Thuringiensis is also known as Bt that is ingested by insects. Later it generates a protein that is toxic in some insects. Many strains of Bt are used in organic farming to control different types of insects, which include mosquitoes, flies, and many more.
Beauveria bassiana is another biological pesticide (fungus), that infects grasshoppers, ants, caterpillars, and other types of insects.
This Oil has an unpleasant taste and its smell helps as a repellent for insects. It is brown in color and is not toxic for humans. Neem Oil is very beneficial for some insects such as honey bees.
These were some of the pesticides used in organic agriculture. What are your thoughts on organic farming pesticides, do comment below, and let us know. Should organic pesticides allowed in organic farming or agriculture