Pesticide Residues in Food Produce Sold as Organic
Public Statement, put out on Jan.1st 2015
With reference to recent media reports about pesticide residues in food sold as organic, we – Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI) and Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) – note foremost that there is no dispute regarding the growing domestic demand for safe food by the increasingly-aware citizens of India. Larger numbers of citizens now understand the correlation between exposure to toxic pesticides, and numerous acute and chronic health problems. The study cited by the pesticides industry seems to be a frivolous diversionary ploy, away from real food safety concerns of citizens.