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Those Organic Strawberries You Buy Are Probably Not Organic

Organic? Not really.
Organic? Not really. Photo: iStock Photo

A loophole in the Department of Agriculture’s regulations regarding organic berry growing has allowed the use of non-organic, and pesticide-laden plant stock to be used to grow what are labeled as “organic” strawberries. The Bay Citizen reports on a letter recently signed by the Pesticide Action Network and three legitimately organic California berry growers (including Santa Cruz’s Swanton Berry Farm), and sent to the feds, demanding that all growers who use the organic label be required to use organic seeds and plants grown in organic nurseries — the complication here being that pest-prone strawberry plants spend an entire growing season or more before beginning to bear fruit, and regulations allow for plants treated with pesticides at this stage to go on to become “organic”-fruit-bearing plants. [Bay Citizen]

Those Organic Strawberries You Buy Are Probably Not Organic