organic

New Fertilizer
7:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

A Better Stink: Why New Fertilizer Uses Food Scraps Instead Of Fish Goo

Eric Peterson is a produce clerk at the Redmond, Wash. PCC, he loads some leafy greens into the Harvester.
Credit Rae Ellen Bichell / KPLU

When you think organic you probably visualize crisp, sweet-smelling veggies and fruit. But it turns out that fresh food is often grown in some pretty foul fertilizer. In fact it’s so bad it’s been known to make farmworkers gag. Now, as correspondent Anna King found out, there’s one new sweeter-smelling organic option developed right here in the Northwest.

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Organic Fruit
5:08 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Northwest Growers Worry About Antibiotic Ban

The practice of spraying antibiotics on pear and apple orchards to treat fire blight will soon be banned.
Credit Anton Lefterov / Wikimedia Commons

For more than a decade, organic apple and pear growers could spray antibiotics on their orchards to treat a virulent disease known as fire blight. But that practice will soon be banned. Some Northwest growers worry without antibiotics in their arsenal, they may have to leave the organic business.

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Organic Food
5:21 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

What Do Antibiotics Have To Do With Organic Apples, Pears?

Apples and pears can be certified as organic, even if they’re treated with antibiotics to prevent disease.
Credit Anton Lefterov / Wikimedia Commons

Not all organic food is created equally. Unlike beef or chicken, apples and pears can be certified as organic, even if they’re treated with antibiotics to prevent disease. Food safety groups are meeting this week in Portland to petition against the practice.

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