RTI query reveals pesticide residues in organic produce
Between January 2012 and October 2014, out of 150 samples of organic vegetables, 50 samples were detected with pesticide residues
According to the ministry of agriculture, total organic production in the country is estimated at 1.24 million tonnes grown in an area spanning 723,000 hectare. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
New Delhi: A Right to Information (RTI) query filed with the ministry of agriculture has revealed the presence of pesticides—in some cases above permissible limits—in vegetables sold as organic or free of chemicals. But the Delhi retailer named in the RTI information protested that the vegetables came from a supplier endorsed by a government-approved certifier.