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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods

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Old 06-24-2015, 07:07 PM
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For you budgie owners that buy organic food, how many of you buy the ones that say USDA Organic? I read somewhere online that said that even those can contain a bad chemical for us to eat but they don't tell us. That the USDA needs to take better measures into making sure its safe. Its all very confusing. If I could grow my own food i would but i don't want to wait too long to buy stuff for my budgies. : / Is it really not safe to buy the ones that say organic but don't have the logo at a supermarket or food store? Have you done it before?

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As long as any veggies are rinsed thoroughly, it really doesn't matter if it's organic or not.
For organic produce, it's sufficient to rinse them under water, and for non-organics, I soak any of it in a bowl with water and 1/4 cup of white vinegar and then rinse them. Both are fine
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Growing your own is the safest way to ensure chemical free. Washing like Starling said is very important, organic or not. I do buy organic and can't say that I have ever paid attention to whether it was stamped or not, I will now. I worry more about what the plant has taken in that can't be washed off, that is the only reason I strive to buy organic...good info...
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You need to be wary of this kind of information. If for example the source of your info was Realfarmacy.com or this kind of website, you can completely disregard it. Although they have been known to provide accurate and important information, this sort of site is also famous for publishing rumours without checking them. The internet is full of them.

I remember that one time when they posted a collection of 'irradiated vegetables from Fukushima' that showed grossly deformed, hugely overgrown veggies. It turned out that this series of pictures had been going around the net for longer than the Japanese nuclear disaster. Unfortunately, more people saw these and believed it than those who found out about the truth.

Organic certification varies between countries, with some standards being more stringent than others. It is sad that we live in a world where we need to proactively seek foods that have not been poisoned in some way. As Randy said, the only way to ensure chemical-free is to grow yourself. But even then are you able to perform a soil analysis? How about the water you use for your veggies?

Strive to buy and live organic if you can but don't get obsessed about it. The sad truth is that you'll still ingest some toxins, whatever you do. USDA offer some protection through their organic label and that's a good thing. Actually, that's as good as it gets for now.

Just make sure that you wash your fruits and veggies as recommended by Star. Both you and your budgie will be fine
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Okay. Thanks guys for all the info! I actually read about it on another site.
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