I don’t always buy organic produce but I think I need to start. After reading about pesticides and how they can be absorbed by fruits and vegetables- and all the washing of the outside won’t help- then consumed by us, I started rethinking my grocery shopping. I don’t want GMOs (sidenote: *GMOs, are not often found in the produce section of grocery stores. Field corn, nearly all of which is produced with genetically modified seeds, is used to make tortillas, chips, corn syrup, animal feed and biofuels) in my body, I don’t want pesticides there either!
I’m trying to give my kids a really healthy foundation for the rest of their lives so avoiding pesticides in their growing bodies is important to me too.
Check this out:
“There are hundreds of pesticides approved for use in the United States and they all present different risks: some are linked with cancer, while others can cause birth defects or harm the nervous system. Some pesticides—including organophosphates commonly used on crops—are what are known as endocrine disruptors, which means that they affect the body’s highly sensitive endocrine (hormone) system. There’s good reason to be concerned about this: the body uses hormones to coordinate just about everything—cell growth, appetite and metabolism, among other things. (Organophosphates, despite the name, are synthetic pesticides linked with neurological problems, among other health conditions.)” SOURCE
Organic food has fewer pesticides and is 40% more nutritious. I usually shop the sale ad from my local farmers market and often the organic fruits/vegetables cost just a little more than the regular product.
The Environmental Working Group put together the Dirty Dozen- the foods with the highest pesticide residue, and also the Clean Fifteen, those with the least residue.
As always, take care to thoroughly wash your produce. I fill up a sink with water and a about 1/4 cup of vinegar and let everything soak for about ten minutes. Then I rinse and dry.
EWG’s 2012 “Dirty Dozen Plus”*:
3. Sweet Bell Peppers
• Green Beans
This year, the EWG added this new “Plus” category to the Dirty Dozen in order to highlight crops that “did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen criteria but were commonly contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides.”
EWG’s 2012 “Clean 15”
2. Sweet Corn
6. Sweet Peas
12. Sweet Potatoes