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Re: [BKARTS] Fungicide



"Natural" and "Organic" are designations that sometimes don't make a lot of sense. I heard a flavor chemist who works for McCormick's foods give a lecture at Drexel University in Philadelphia a while ago. He was adressing this point. There is an organic ester (don't know exactly whch one) which is a flavor agent that occurs in pears. The chemical is easy to synthesize. It can also be extracted from pears, but the extracted chemical costs about 100 times what the synthetic chemical costs. Although only the former can be legally called natural, both chemicals are exactly the same.
"Natural" does not mean safe to consume. Think nicotine, beladonna, hemlock, aconite, strychinine, ad infinitum.


Scott J. Coutts wrote:

David Amstell wrote:


you will read that it is a natural fungicide,





Also, people should take note that 'natural' does not mean 'safe'. Thymol is 'natural' too. It is produced by the Thyme plant and that's why it smells the way it does... it doesn't mean that it's not harmful. Many substances that are toxic to fungi are toxic to humans, regardless of their origins. Often 'natural' just means 'more dilute'. People seem to have this division between 'natural' and 'synthetic'. When it comes to atoms, it doesn't really matter... they're all the same.


PS: David, this is not targeted towards you in particular, but your post just reminded me of the issue.

Scott.

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