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“Pesticides Bug Me” Campaign Launched

Want to win $250? You can do that by being the winning t-shirt design entry for the new “Pesticides Bug Me” campaign, launched this week by the online education and fundraising intiative group, California Certified Organic Farmers.

In 2009, over 156 million pounds of pesticides were applied in California alone. This week saw the first sprayings of the highly toxic methyl iodide, a pesticide linked to cancer, late-term miscarriages, thyroid and kidney disease, and other health issues. The pesticides have also been linked to the declining population of honeybees.

Organic certification means that food products are free from pesticides, yet according to a press release by CCOF, less than four percent of the food purchased in this country is certified organic. The Pesticides Bug Me campaign is meant to increase awareness of the health and environmental impacts of pesticides.

Visit the CCOF campaign website to learn more about the contest.

Read the press release here:

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  • minerva terris

    I don’t believe that “organic” necessarily means free from pesticides. There are pesticides that are approved for organic growing and some of them are toxic as well. “Spray-free” would be a better term for plants grown without pesticides. I think there is a huge misunderstanding about the term “organic.”

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