Came across this article “Is organic food really free from pesticides” written by Andy Ho, Senior Writer to The Straits Times.
Andy ended the article with this sentence:
“Anyway, rinsing any produce thoroughly gets rid of most pesticide residues. So eat lots of produce, whether organic or not.”
While I agree that with his comment of eating lots of (fresh) produce, I was really disturbed that Andy chose to make some claims throughout his article about organic food. Thankfully, Jun Jie of Quan Fa Organic Farm (local) has addressed it here. I highly recommend you check it out.
On a side note, I was really interested to discover who is this Senior Writer, Andy Ho, given that he is a Senior Writer of a reputable main newspaper that is widely read in Singapore.
A search “andy ho the straits times” yielded 67,800 results, of which 6th, 8th and 9th results from the top 10 results shed light on the writer.
According to akikonomu, Andy Ho’s educational qualifications are: an MBA from Yale and a PhD from MIT and an undergrad medical degree.
2 years later, in 2007, Akikonomu left a comment on That Bottle’s blog post on “Who is this Andy Ho?”:
In 2012, there was an open letter to Andy Ho on The Online Citizen.
While the articles are a bit dated, it just sheds enough light on the background of the writer.
I will not delve into the details, but I would like to urge readers to check the background of writers, and not just accepting the claims and conclusions made without further research. 🙂