beckynoel wrote:I know that if the blueberries are not organic they are going to be slathered in pesticides. I get headaches and rashes when I eat pesticide-contaminated fruits and veggies. Also, if the tea you drink isn't organic, it has some pesticides too.
You know, it's funny you should mention that. I had not considered pesticides until this past summer when we began growing our own [organic] strawberries. It could have been the /type/ of strawberry, but I ate several and did not get any stinging sensations on my tongue whatsoever, which I usually do (eventually my tongue bleeds if I eat enough of them). I also had no discernible symptoms the past couple years from our hand-picked blueberries, which made me think I was either wrong or had become desensitized. However, I found out this past summer that the blueberries had gone organic two years ago.
I've not drawn conclusions just yet, though, because I recognize that a) there's a huge movement promoting "organic" everything and I'm wary of sudden onset of mass opinions; and b) there are also differences in soil composition, and that /when/ something is picked can cause taste changes as well as /what/ the item is grown in. If things taste different, the chemicals /must/ be oriented differently. Heck, if there's a noticeable change in tea flavour simply by using different brewing methods, there has to be a correlation in ground materials as well, right?
Yet, with tea, I would never have thought of pesticides. I don't know whether Adagio's teas, or the Lipton kinds, are ever treated with pesticides or other chemicals. I would be surprised if they were (I have a romanticized concept of how tea is produced) but I won't disregard the idea, either, since I don't work in tea fields.
Something else to consider, at the least.