So here’s an interesting article about the use of antibiotics on organic apples and pears. As a consumer who goes out of their way (and pushes their budget) to always purchase organic when possible, I have to say that this was deeply disappointing to learn. I’m not generally a big fan of fruit, but apples are something I really enjoy. And while it’s not hard to get honeycrisp and jonagold apples when they’re in season, a) they aren’t always in season, and b) they aren’t really my favorite varieties.

This is incredibly germane for us IBD folks, who are working so hard to restore healthy colonies of gut flora… eating foods with antibiotics runs the risk of undoing all our hard work.

Do you buy organic produce? Why or why not? Does this come as a surprise to you? Are you going to do anything about it?

Many thanks to Sunny Sleevez for reblogging this!

It's an Itchy Little World

Wow, I’m actually a bit speechless right now. Thank you to Fooducate for posting about the disgusting truths about some organic produce on Facebook.  You’ve inspired me to write this disgruntled post.

We know that antibiotics are given to non-organic livestock to prevent disease and encourage growth.

But, did you know that organic apples and pears trees are also treated with antibiotics? It appears that all other organic and conventional fruit bearing trees are prohibited from antibiotic treatment. From what I’ve read USDA certified organic apple and pear trees as well as conventional livestock are the only food items treated with antibiotics.

We assume organic produce is healthy because it is grown using biological, physical or mechanical methods or natural controls instead of chemically processed methods. However, in this August 2, 2012 press release from the USDA, we clearly see there is a loophole.

“While organic principles require the use…

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