Plant Pesticides Are Not All Created Equal

by Shane Jones

in Sustainable

sign saying pesticide free zone

You may think that all pesticides sold at your local garden center are nearly identical. After all, they do the same thing right?

Often times many pesticides come in similar looking spray bottles and may even have the same color or smell. So what makes traditional plant pesticides so different from organic plant pesticides?

You’ll be surprised at how incredibly different pesticides really are after watching this one and a half minute video:


Isn’t it amazing how those little molecules can make such a big difference? Not only do traditional pesticides remain in our environment long after use, they also are known to be harmful to humans. The United States Environmental Protection Agency cites that traditional pesticides have been linked to a number of health problems. More specifically, pesticides have been determined to, “…affect the nervous system … irritate the skin or eyes … hormone or endocrine system in the body.”1

That being said, organic pesticides are designed with all natural components that can safely be eaten up to the day of harvest. Once the molecules in organic pesticides are used on plants or insects, they simply disappear back into the environment without any adverse effects. It’s ideal for a container garden, a vegetable patch, or even a garden trellis. Using organic pesticide not only protects the environment, but also human health. If exposure to pesticides can be detrimental to so many vital parts of the human body, why would you want to eat it on your fruits and vegetables?

For the gardening enthusiast, using pesticide to protect your plants against insects and weeds can be an essential component to growing delicious fruits and vegetables. That being said, make sure to protect your land and your body by only using organic pesticides. If you’re unsure of where to find organic pesticide or confused about which product to use, just look for the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) logo. You can also find OMRI listed products and information about their National Organic Program on their website as well.

As you now know, while many pesticides may look quite similar, they are not all created equal! There are many key differences between traditional pesticides and organic pesticides that are important to consider before purchase. Do your part to protect the environment and stay healthy by using only organic pesticide products for gardening, insecticide and pest control.

What about you? Have you made the switch to organic plant pesticides? Share your comments below!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Allen Quay October 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Hey Shane, great article!

That’s one of the best videos I’ve ever seen explaining the difference between organic and non-organic pesticides.


2 Shane Jones October 29, 2012 at 8:38 am

Thanks Allen!! I thought so too! So clear and something people definitely should know about!


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