In recent years, there has been an influx flow of people eating exotic vegetable, perhaps you are one of them. Reason being? They are healthy, right? This became so as some doctors started recommending that we do so or for some it was just common sense. This is after animal products were demonized to be the cause of many diseases that included allergy, gallstones, blood pressure, diabetes, just to name a few. And it’s this scare that made some of us start consuming more vegetables.
“You need vegetables? We’ve got them, they told us all over sudden!. This for sure had now become a gold mine that would only escape fools”. ~ The Organic Guy
While there is NO doubt that this is a good shift for everyone, this also presented a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to do their thing, that’s solve a problem. You need vegetables? We’ve got them, they told us all over sudden!. This for sure had now become a gold mine that would only escape fools. Now everywhere you went, you found vegetable. Just past your gate, few meters away, someone had packed a probox with the boot full of vegetables. Your mama mboga was all packed, so is your favorite grocery store to even your favorite supermarket joint.
With Kenya being the host of the best entrepreneurs across Africa, this was NOT an opportunity that was going to just pass by, this also coincided the cry literally from everybody; the government, politicians, co-operates, individuals that they will make agriculture attractive to the youth, to advocating for kilimo biashara to articles being written all over of how a farmer made a million from planting cabbages.
After all, its agriculture folks! You don’t require much knowledge, this is what we used to as a punishment in our school days, Remember?
While that’s not the worst philosophy, this actually lead to creating a mindset among the ‘entrepreneurial farmers’ that it didn’t matter what you did on the farm, as long as you are able to get more money than what you used on the farm, then you will be alright. After all, its agriculture folks! You don’t require much knowledge, this is what we used to as a punishment in our school days, Remember? Well, this notion led to more and more ‘entrepreneurial farmers’ diving into agriculture without really understanding that agriculture is also a science, meaning it required some knowledge to do it as this also led to doing agriculture without any ethics at all.
“Basically, he can come to sell those same vegetables to you and me, even if they are full of pesticides”. ~ The Organic Guy
This has seen the raise of ‘entrepreneurial farmers’, obsessed with one thing, PROFIT! Meaning, nothing can come between them and their profit. Even if this means using more pesticides and herbicides in their production, even if this means NOT observing the pesticide’s preharvest interval. Basically, he can come to sell those same vegetables to you and me, even if they are full of pesticides. But the heart break being that vegetables for export do undergo rigorous checks for pesticides residual levels checkup but those for the common Kenyan like you and me, No one really cares.
Luckily enough, a study to back this claims is here. The study whose aim was to assess the human exposure to pesticides residues in vegetable was done in Nakuru town, Kenya by Egerton University. The selected vegetable samples used where collected from six markets; three of them being from a conventional market; Soko mjinga, Ponda mali, Wakulima market while the other three being from organic markets; Kalimoni greens, karen organic farmers market and carre four supermarket (Garden City)
The study involved 184 consumers, 75 farmers and 4 extension officers from the ministry of livestock, fisheries and agriculture. The study used 1Kg of three most consumed vegetable; Tomatoes, kales and spinach after which the pesticide residue extraction analysis was done using the quick, cheap, Rugged and Safe technique (QuEChERS technique). Which was first introduced in 2003 by Michelangelo Anatassiades and Steven J. Lehotay and later in 2007, the technique was accepted by the European Union.
The results? Vegetables from the organic markets had below detectable levels of pesticides while those from from the conventional markets, the level of pesticides were detectable.
Source Kales Spinach Tomatoes
Soko mjinga Market Detectable levels Detectable levels Detectable levels
Ponda mali Market Detectable levels Detectable levels Detectable levels
Wakulima Market Detectable levels Detectable levels Detectable levels
Carre four Below detectable levels Below detectable levels Below detectable levels
Kalimoni greens Below detectable levels Below detectable levels Below detectable levels
Karen Organic Market Below detectable levels Below detectable levels Below detectable levels
That being not so shocking to me, and perhaps to you also the question remains then, what are you going to do about it? Remember, knowledge is only potential power but applied knowledge is power. Well then I guess it’s fair if I told you to become organic if you aren’t, right?
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