Customers Ask: “Does ‘organic’ mean absolutely no pesticides?”

 At Rawganique, our products go beyond the legal definition of the word “organic.” We don’t use any pesticides  on our natural fibers. It’s true that a USDA-certified organic product can still be treated for pest control. However, the pest control products must be naturally sourced, typically derived from naturally poisonous plants, for the farming to be considered organic. These pest control alternatives break down after use so they leave minimal environmental impact.

Here's a field of Rawganique hemp
organically grown in Romania.
Rawganique can easily grow organic hemp, cotton and linen without pesticides. When we do face issues with pests, we can get around pesticides by farming smart to deter pests without poisoning them. These ways of working with nature protected farmers’ crops long before chemical pesticides existed, and even before the pest control capabilities of some plants were discovered.

Pesticides are used to protect food products far more often than plants grown for fiber and clothing. When you research production of organic fibers, it’s most important to be aware of chemical defoliants, often used in cotton production to prepare the cotton for harvesting unnaturally fast. Rawganique never uses chemical defoliants or GMOs.

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