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MrsDufresne's avatar

How much pesticide is on coffee?

Asked by MrsDufresne (3547points) April 8th, 2010

Is organic coffee better for your health than non-organic coffee? How much pesticide is on non-organic coffee?

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lilikoi's avatar

Depends on the farm I’m sure. Just because you are not USDA certified organic (or certified via a different body) does not mean you use pesticides. A non-certified organic farm could theoretically use less pesticides than a USDA certified organic farm. There may be some data out there, but to me it looks like it is impossible to really know. Coffee is sourced from a myriad of different countries and farms…I would think it would be possible to collect samples of coffee locally available to you and have them tested for pesticide residue.

davidbetterman's avatar

LOL…Great Question… Since caffeine is poison, i never drink the stuff.

njnyjobs's avatar

@davidbetterman if your statement is true, I and countless billions of people who have enjoyed the beverage would have been long sick or dead from ingesting a poisonous substance.

davidbetterman's avatar

@njnyjobs You and countless billions of others drinking the poison are sick…

Why do you think you need that cup of coffee first thing in the morning or you are a grouchy ahole the rest of the day? And how about those fixes all day long.

It is an addiction and a behavior modifier, and most people in denial over that are simply strung out on coffee and can’t allow themselves to believe that it is detrimental to their well-being

wilma's avatar

@davidbetterman you said, ”Why do you think you need that cup of coffee first thing in the morning or you are a grouchy ahole the rest of the day?
So you’ve been spying on me in the morning? ;-)

njnyjobs's avatar

@davidbetterman are you saying that you have never drank cola or gatorade or chocolate drinks at all during your lifetime?

How about tea, antihistamines or pain relieving medications? They all can possibly contain caffeine.

MissAusten's avatar

I love my first cup of hot poison in the morning! And the second, and the third and fourth in the afternoon…

MrsDufresne's avatar

@davidbetterman You’re very fortunate to not be addicted to caffeine. It is highly addictive and if it weren’t for the freekin’ migraine headaches, I’d ween myself off of it too. It takes a full week for me to sort out the withdrawals from caffeine where I am a fully functioning human. Unfortunately, I don’t have a week to feel like ****. ;oP

mollypop51797's avatar

Well, whether it’s poison or not, I like it in the morning because I need the energy! I’d rather drink caffeine poison than energy shots.. red bull .. shivers

YARNLADY's avatar

Whatever level the government allows. For people who don’t like government interfering in their life, I suggest they grow their own, because that’s the only way to control the safety of our food without government control.

davidbetterman's avatar

@njnyjobs “are you saying that you have never drank cola or gatorade or chocolate drinks at all during your lifetime? How about tea, antihistamines or pain relieving medications? They all can possibly contain caffeine.”

Yes niny. I have always disliked colas and reused soda pop when given it to me as a child. I finally quit all chocolate a few years ago. No tea, antihistamines or pain meds (except for the oxys and Demerol when I had the kidney stone…and then it took a week to get over the withdrawal of using those meds for only 4 days!) I always hated Gatorade and would not touch it with your mouth.
There was a bout with heroin and cocaine back in the 70s, but I was more into the sales end of those then the user end…

@wilma Sorry, I was peaking! you do look lovely in the morning…

@MrsDufresne I am sorry to hear that, and I hope one day you will be able to beat the caffeine addiction.

jeanmay's avatar

@davidbetterman No tea?!! (Gasps, falls on the floor in a state of pallor) You mean black tea, right? You still drink non-caffeinated forms such as rooibos, right?

davidbetterman's avatar

@jeanmay lol…Nope. I only drink water anymore.

jeanmay's avatar

@davidbetterman Gulp. Boiled water?

davidbetterman's avatar

@jeanmay
Only for my oatmeal… lol…It’s not so bad, really. And I probably save thousands and thousands of dollars a year not buying all the other junk drinks.

jeanmay's avatar

@davidbetterman Water in oatmeal?! Ok, well I’ll get off your case now. Rooibos is really good for you though, wink.

@MrsDufresne I sympathise with you on the migraine issue. I decided to try and wean myself off coffee this week – what a headache! I’m done with the smoking, done with the vino, but I just can’t seem to put down my cup of joe. You asked an excellent question though, and I’ll be following with interest to see if I can learn more about organic coffee. Seeing as I drink gallons of the stuff, I’d also be interested to know about organic tea, too. I feel a question brewing…

davidbetterman's avatar

@jeanmay

You never boiled your oatmeal (with bananas and cinnamon and walnuts and blueberries..ummmm umm good)...

jeanmay's avatar

@davidbetterman I always make oatmeal with milk, not water. Mmm, milky goodness.

davidbetterman's avatar

@jeanmay
I used to eat the oats with milk, but I quit drinking milk, too. (I could drink a gallon every two days with the greatest of ease!

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