Peanuts are actually legumes and have soft, porous shells unlike nuts (which have hard shells). These porous shells actually allow contaminants (fertilizers, pesticides and molds) to permeate and reach the peanut itself. Like all nuts, due to the high fat content of peanuts, they act as little sponges and soak those pesticides right up.
Here's some interesting facts on Chemicals used for Non-Organic faming:
- Insecticide products commonly used on peanut include phorate, chlorpyrifos, aldicarb, methomyl, esfenvalerate, cyhalothrin, and carbaryl (11,12).
-Most pesticides used on peanuts are not highly toxic to wildlife. However, these pesticides can affect wildlife indirectly by reducing their food and cover. Populations of wild birds are reduced when herbicides and insecticides are intensively used. These pesticides can destroy brood cover and reduce insect and plant foods, lowering the survival rate of wild bird chicks.
-About one-third of the total operating costs are invested in pesticides and spraying/scouting.
The Chantal Organic brand was launched in 2007 in the heart of the sunny Hawkes Bay. Chantal Organics endeavours to make organics accessible to all and is committed to organic practices. All of its products are all fully certified organic and meet the high standards of AsureQuality.