A young girl named Elise, made a remarkable discovery during a simple science experiment. She wanted to see how long it would take for a sweet potato to grow a vine. Elise waited and watched for weeks and weeks, but her potatoes refused to grow vines. When she asked her grocer why, he suggested she try using unsprayed organic sweet potatoes and see what happens.
Watch this to see what Elise discovers about pesticides on vegetables:
Bud Nip is the name for the plant growth inhibitor, Chlorpropham. The pesticide is used to control grass weeds in alfalfa, lima and snap beans, blueberries, cane berries, carrots, cranberries, ladino clover, garlic, seed grass, onions, spinach, sugar beets, tomatoes, safflower, soybeans, gladioli and woody nursery stock. It is also used to inhibit potato sprouting.
According to the Pesticide Action Network, Chlorpropham is a not classified as a carcinogen. It is toxic to honey bees, which pollinate 30% of the world’s food plants. Lab animals exposed to bud nip had retarded growth, congestion of the spleen and even death.
As the US Congress continues to debate ways to regulate pesticides and restrict the EPA’s ability to protect our food, water and air, I couldn’t help but think that this little girl might just be the best advertisement for eating organic fruits and vegetables, and nipping pesticides like Bud Nip in the bud.
What do you think about Elise’s little experiment?