Orgainc gardening is NOT pesticide free!!!
It maddens me to no end when I see shows ('Martha Stewart", "Get Fresh W/Sarah Snow", "Living Fresh", etc.-good shows by the way but the latter 2 filled w/misinformation) and interviews of people saying "I eat organic because it is pesticide free". Can anyone tell me why this misinformation is being spread? Organic gardening does allow for certain natural "approved" pesticides. I say, "A poison is a poison, whether naturally OR chemically derived"!
Some of the "approved" Organic Pesticides:
Pyrethrins: Although relatively harmless to humans, pyrethrins are very highly toxic to fish and bees and moderately toxic to birds. It kills both beneficial and pest insects.
Ryania: Although it controls fruit and codling moths, corn earworm, European corn borer, and citrus thrips, it is also moderately toxic to humans, fish, and birds. It is very toxic to dogs.
Sabadilla: is a powerful broad-spectrum insect killer. It's especially useful for controlling thrips, aphids, flea beetles, and tarnished plant bugs, but it also kills bees and other beneficial insects, and some people have severe allergic reactions to the chemical.
Rotenone: Rotenone is moderately toxic to most mammals, but is extremely toxic to fish. It's widely used to poison "trash" fish during restocking projects. It has been assigned a CAUTION rating