We continue to develop our new website, and this afternoon as I was preparing our “What Does Organic Mean and Why Does It Matter To My Family?” page, a story came over the transom that provided just one more piece of evidence about the deleterious effects of pesticides in our food. Lydia O’Connor of the Huffington Post reported that the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health has found that Salinas Valley women living within three miles of strawberry fields treated with methyl bromide, gave birth to smaller than average babies. In addition to raising health risks, methyl bromide depletes the ozone layer. Although the Clean Air Act phased out this pesticide in 2005, farmers are still allowed to use it on strawberries.
Blue Egg Farm uses no pesticides on its strawberries, or any other fruit, vegetable, or flowering plant. | kts