Why Organic?

Why eat organic? In this vulnerable economy eating cheaper food makes sense, but in the long run what is the cost to our health and environment?

Pineapple contains approximately 85% water by volume, imagine the uptake amount of chemical and pesticide residue in commercial production.

The main producers of commercially available pineapple use A LOT of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, & herbicides.  The plant is foremost a foliar feeder, which means what gets put on the leaves goes into the plant and fruit.  Below I have list the most common chemicals used on pineapple and the associated side effects.

Bromacil

• Eye, nose, skin and throat irritation • Redness and itching of the eyes, runny

nose, scratchy throat, and redness, dryness, and cracking of the skin1

Endosulfan

• Central nervous system and respiratory effects such as suicides, accidental deaths and seizures

• Malaise, fainting, seizures, convulsions, agitation, shortness of breath and cough2

• May increase risk of autism, delay puberty in boys, and cause birth defects of the male reproductive system3

Diazinon

• Allergic skin reactions • Cholinesterase, the symptoms of which

include headache, dizziness, anxiety, muscle twitching, vomiting, diarrhea, wheezing, cough, and more4

Diuron5

• Linked to brain damage and cancer Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, confusion and electrolyte depletion. Protein metabolism disturbances, moderate emphysema, and weight loss with chronic exposure.

This information and an article accounting the industry can be found at http://www.laborrights.org/files/ILRF_pineapplereport.pdf