My father is a farmer, planting different crops such as mango, santol, banana, ampalaya and pechay. He starts by cultivating the soil . Remove all weeds that might compete with the crop for soil water and nutrients. Burn the soil to kill microorganisms, nematodes and other pests. He chooses the best seed possible. During the crop growth, He sprays pesticides to prevent insect infestation. Apply commercial fertilizer for maximum harvest volume.
Commercial farming involves more extensive practices. Application of pesticides and fertilizers is done on regular basis. This results in good harvest, produce free from insect bites, worms and lesions. Most of end users choose good quality fruit and vegetables. We don’t want fruits with holes, pechay with insect cuts or mango with rusts. How many of us are aware that these good looking goods are product of heavy commercial pesticides and fertilizers? How many of us know that vegetables we eat might bring us diseases or even bring us to death?
What will you do if you see a small worm on a head of cabbage? Are you going throw it away ? Or , are you going to remove the worm and continue cooking it? If I am on your situation, I am going to remove the worm and continue cooking my head of cabbage. What is my reason behind?
How did the worm survive on head of cabbage? This means that farmer who grew the cabbage did not spray any chemicals on his farm. The worm survived because the cabbage is free from any poisonous chemicals. We can conclude that if the worm survived eating the cabbage the more a human will survive eating the same cabbage. Any violent reactions?
Dirt brought by insects to fruits can easily be removed by cutting off the damaged portion or by washing it thoroughly in running water. On the other hand, formalin sprayed on vegetables cannot be easily removed by washing. This formalin as well as other chemicals might penetrate the inside flesh of vegetables . Removing chemical residues from this vegetables might entail throwing it whole.
Eating contaminated fruits and vegetables might not harm us. But repeated consumption might concentrate harmful chemicals in our body and injure us later. Now! Are you still afraid of worms?
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.