Issue of June 9, 2019
     
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On BSU’s BIGS organic production
PERCIVAL B. ALIPIT, Baguio City

An article was published in the Baguio Midland Courier about Benguet State University’s Internal Guarantee System (BIGS) that sets standards for organic agriculture.

The BIGS educates farmers interested in natural farming, after which the farms of trainees are inspected and monitored as to conformity of the principles and practices of organic production.

Stickers and farm codes are given once the garden is certified to be organic, and a marketing center has been established to sell the produce of accredited organic farm practitioners.

But the farmers conscientiously address to organic cultivation, and are these so-called organically produced vegetables which are expensive really safe to eat?

Consumers just see and smell the commodity if there are stains and odor of pesticides, but mind you, there are potent colorless and odorless synthetic chemicals that are being used in crop production.

People have become health conscious and assurance of the sanitary quality of vegetables goes beyond occasional visitation of farm operations. The produce must be analyzed for the presence of pesticide residues and microbial contamination to be clean before marketing to safeguard the wellbeing of the consuming public, and there is trust when labelled “certified organic.”

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:: Dealing with inner garbage disposal
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:: Baby boomers will appreciate GMRC and ROTC
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