What straw/hay is safe?
I was buying some large round hay bales from a farmer and he commented on some straw he saw that I had just mulched onto my food garden beds. He said that the pure golden flawless looking strands indicate that it had been sprayed just before harvest to make sure that the grains all dry at the same time.
I know about this practice and I steer as wide a berth around grains as I can, using only whole grains that are certified organic (if THAT even makes a difference these days), then milling or flaking them at the point of use.
But for the hay I feed the rabbits, and the straw that we use for multiple reasons, I can't seem to get straight answers about HOW it was grown. I had asked the person I bought these bales from.
The reason I grow my own food is because I am trying to avoid additives, including sprays, hormones, emulsifiers, stabilizers - whatever seems necessary in the system that has been created to deliver food to people. BUT, I can't seem to get around it......most farmers find it convenient to spray.
It is sad