Growing Organic Apples is Hard in the South

APPLESGeorgia might have nice peaches, but apples are a pain in the butt, especially growing organic apples.

Heat in humidity isn’t great for farming apples. The muggy weather means nasty fungus, moth larvae, and bacterial disease, so farmers say in order to grow a marketable product they have to spray.

Meaning local farmers can’t go totally organic, but they’ve come up with a compromise.

They call it Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, which involves targeted use of chemicals, computer modeling, and monitoring weather and insect populations.

Farmers say IPM has helped them cut spraying by 25%, and some crops go 30 days without being hit with chemicals.

I’m not sure how much of a compromise it really is. If you want organic, you only buy organic. But maybe if you live in Georgia, where peaches are local, and apples are not, just eat more peaches instead–right?

Via Access Atlanta.

Image credit: Harvest Wizard.

Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese

Gerry is your typical yoga practicing, no pizza or meat eating Italian guy from New Jersey. Seriously, his family still isn't speaking to him. Professionally, Gerrys been Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD's blogger since 2005.