Cash inquiry (France 2): Elise Lucet investigates pesticide use in organic farming

When we buy organic fruits and vegetables, we think they are good for our health because they contain no pesticides. But are they really?

Organic fruits and vegetables will be better for your health because they contain no pesticides and therefore are slightly more expensive. But organic doesn’t mean pesticide-free. Hundreds of products of natural origin are allowed for treatment in organic farming. And not all of them are safe. Like BT, which is the most used organic insecticide or spinosad. Following the publication of François Cardona’s investigation, Élise Lucet offers a wonderful discussion…

Insecticides are not so clear

The program explores this: hundreds of naturally sourced products, including Bt and Spinosad, allow organic farming. According to several recent studies, the first case of food poisoning will not be without danger. Second, it is suspected to be a terrific neurotoxic bee killer, an endocrine disruptor to humans.

Extremely comfortable controls

Who controls organic farmers? In France, it is the National Institute of Origin and Quality (Inao). But the latter delegates to private companies (eleven in total) that issue the famous EU organic label, also known as certifying bodies. According to the poll of journalists, some of them seem unpretentious in quality. An example ? Maximum 4 hours 20 to audit with an organic farmer.

A very non-organic biopesticide

A team of journalists in Kenya discovers that growers of pyrethrum, a flower used as an insecticide in organic gardening in France, regularly use synthetic pesticides containing phosphorus to protect their fields. Paradoxical, isn’t it?

Cash inquiry at 21:10 on Tuesday 6 June at France 2


Source: Programme Television

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