... Buying organic is the ONLY way to be sure you're not eating GMO...
You think so? Have any of you kept up with any of the cases of food born illnesses contacted from fresh produce? No? Well most of these outbreaks result from eating raw organic fruits, greens, and veggies. One of the requirements for labeling produce is that it must be fertilized with animal (usually farm animal) feces or composted plant matter.
If you want your food to be safe, inspect it for animal (or in some cases sewage treatment plant sludge) before you shovel raw organic food into your pie hole.
Now I see nothing wrong with organics as long as the consumer employs a little of that most uncommon thing called common sense. But I am not prepaired to hold my breath until the man or woman on the street gets an education about the relative dangers and benefits between so called "organic" food and food produced using other methods.
IMHO, eating Organic is about a childish warm and fuzzy feeling, meaning feeling superior about our inferior selves, by finding something to hold over the heads of others. Its like shouting, "LOOK AT ME, I'M BETTER THAN YOU BECAUSE MY ETHICS CAN BEAT UP YOUR ETHICS!!! Just my two cents worth.
The following are 5 methods to control armyworms in wheat, oats, corn etc that are part of a well known European environmental groups’ efforts to promote organic agriculture in the Third World.http://scholar.googleusercontent.com/scholar?q=cache:PQ7UjAlGXbgJ:scholar.google.com/&hl=en&as_sdt=0,1
Page 15, Physical methods (to control army worms)
1. Deep ditch:
Plow a deep ditch and keep it filled with water, if larvae are found to be moving
towards your field from adjacent fields. This will prevent larvae from transferring to your field. They will drown if they try.
Another method is to dig a deep ditch with vertical sides to trap larvae and prevent them from crawling out. Holes with a diameter of a fence post should be dug every 10 meters apart in the ditch. Larvae will congregate in the deeper holes where they may be crushed.
2. Pitfall traps:
Make pitfall traps. Pitfalls are the best means of collecting crawling insects.
3. Bring herds of cattle, sheep, or goats back and forth across affected areas to step on the worms.
4. Beat worms with sticks and twigs.
5. Hand pick the larvae and feed them to chickens.
Armyworms are not technically worms. They are the …caterpillar stage of a… moth. They feed on turf grasses and crops to include alfalfa, corn, beets, clover, and flax…. look for caterpillars 1”-2” in length, ranging in color from tan, to green, to dark gray… If you have… signs of …armyworm damage, spray …1 oz. dish washing soap per gallon of water… If armyworms are present, they will come to the surface to avoid the spray soaking into the soil.
Once they come to the surface, armyworms can be killed by dropping them in a bucket of boiling water or a pan of bleach. This is the… organic way to control a minor infestation…
Now I ask you, is it any wonder then that many people in the Third World think we in the First World are out to kill the people living in Developing Countries?