I work at a grocery store. Recently a customer refused to buy our cashews because they were not organic. Does it really matter that the nuts are organic? Are they sprayed with chemicals during production? Was the customer right or should he have bought it and bought our cashews?
Organic vs. non-organic cashews
The differences between organic cashews and non-organic cashews come down to how the trees are grown, how the nuts are handled, and how the cashews are packaged and shipped to you.
Cultivation: normal cashews are treated with pesticides. It can also be treated with various fungicides and synthetic chemical fertilizers. Organic cashews are never treated with any of these things. All pesticides, fertilizers, and care items must be organic.
The difficulty of growing organic cashews
With a little vigilance, it’s not hard to make sure no banned substances are used in a cashew nut. However, it can be difficult to keep GM cashews out of an organic orchard, especially if there are many cashew farms close together. Cashews have been known to spread rapidly without human assistance. This means that birds can take a nut from a genetically modified cashew tree, drop it in a field of organic cashews, and ruin entire batches of nuts.
Some people say they can smell the difference between organic and non-organic food. Others say they can’t. Is there really a difference? Are organic cashews really better? As for the nutrients found in nuts, no. Organic and non-organic cashews contain the same amounts of vitamin K, vitamin E, magnesium, copper, iron, and other vitamins and minerals. What changes is the fact that there are no foreign chemicals in cashews. For this reason, it’s easy to see why people prefer raw organic cashews over ones processed with harmful chemicals.
Which nuts contain more pesticides?
1. Almonds. Many pesticide residues have been reported in conventionally grown almonds, according to Pesticide Action Network North America.
Raw cashews are cleaned and briefly roasted to neutralize their harmful oils, but that doesn’t rid them of another undesirable: tannins. Harmless but no less unpleasant, raw cashews have an astringency bordering on pungency and must be detanninized before cooking.
Are the cashews in the dirty dozen?
Envisagez les noix et les céréales Con ce qui concerne les noix, les más populares sont les noix de cajou, les pistachios et les arachides, dont il a été démontré qu’elles contienne des charges de pesticides plus élevées que the others. Peanuts are found underground and can be exposed to pesticides and mold at a higher rate.
A higher pesticide load was found in cashews than in other nuts. Because cashews are fruits, they are sensitive to pesticides when sprayed. Also, cashews are used as a food additive, which could come into contact with other pesticides. The nut must be separated from the skin, which contains toxic oils that burn the skin and damage the eyes. Safety equipment, such as gloves, is generally not provided because cost-cutting measures expose them to these toxins and affect their health and well-being. Because cashews are heavily ground nuts and must have their skins removed before consumption, they are unethical. Due to cost-cutting measures, women are often not provided with safety equipment such as gloves, exposing them to toxins that can affect their health and well-being.