ORGANIC PESTICIDES: Are They Really Safe?

By: organicfarmingblog , 7:51 AM GMT on May 05, 2014

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People work hard tending their garden and when pest starts crawling in, it is usually tempting to get any insecticides available at hand. Getting rid of insects can be the most demanding and infuriating side of gardening. There are a lot of chemical pesticides available which can do the job effectively, but the problem is the hazardous effect it has on people’s health and the environment.

Organic or natural pesticides are the easiest we can find or make from kitchen and bathroom products to get rid of certain insects. Borax for example, is very effective in eliminating nasty pests like cockroaches. Garlic oil when sprayed on ponds will kill mosquito larvae. It can also eliminate borers and other type of pests which damages garden plants. It is best to identify first what kind of pest is causing damage to your garden as some pests are actually helpful and you don’t want to kill them too in the process. Tobacco mixed with soap can damage certain plants.

A lot of people think that pesticides are the only defense against pests, the fact is, it is not entirely true.  A little research is all that is needed as there are a lot of practical options available out there like companion planting which is simply growing plants with natural insect repellent properties with your other crops or using biologicals which are bacteria that attack specific pest like grasshoppers, caterpillars and more. It is safe to beneficial insects, humans and animals.

The practices employed in organic farming tremendously boosted the use of non-chemical pesticides to control pests. Sadly, non-chemical technique do not always provide the needed protection and end up using chemical pesticides.

Right now, it is still not certain which of the two systems is causing more harm to the environment.  One reason is that little or no research has been done to study the effects of organic or natural pesticides, unlike the way chemical pesticides are perceived and also because of the assumption that organic or natural is always safe. With conventional pesticides you will always see a warning like “Use with extreme care”.

You may not agree with this, but if it’s a health issue, the best pesticide to use whether organic or synthetic is NONE.  Why? It’s because both systems kill things so, naturally they pose a risk.  It is totally misleading to think that because they are sold on the market means they are safe.

For organic gardeners, it is best to be informed with current research, as the practice involved is changing constantly.

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