pesticides

Dirty Dozen Fruits and Veggies

Some fruits and veggies require more pesticides that others, and the Environmental Working Group just released the list of the fruits and veggies that have the most pesticide residue.  For these, it’s best to buy organic or grow them yourselves.  But if you can’t afford organic produce or don’t have time to garden, you can wash them with veggie soaps or select other veggies and fruit that you can peel. 

Bottom line: don’t skip the veggies and fruit!  Most people don’t get enough in their diets and this message is not intended to scare you into eating less fruits and vegetables!

The Dirty Dozen 

1. Strawberries
2. Spinach
3. Nectarines
4. Apples
5. Peaches
6. Pears
7. Cherries
8. Grapes
9. Celery
10. Tomatoes
11. Sweet bell pepper
12. Potatoes

Buy these organic – if you can.  Always wash your produce before eating.  Eat lots of healthy and fresh vegetables and fruit.

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Our Food Crops Are Doused With Round-Up Just Before Harvest!

I’ve been getting angrier and angrier at Monsanto and farmers for using Round-up – a known carcinogen – on the crops we eat.  But I just found out that farmers spray crops with weed killer just before they harvest.  That means that the chemicals are fresh and they lace the vegetables we serve our families.  Yup. 

They obviously don’t need to do this to get rid of weeds because they spray 2 weeks before harvest.  The reason for adding pesticides that late in the growing season is simply to speed up the drying process. This is prevalent in the Midwest and Canada where they have more wet weather than the south and west.

Are you fuming yet?

If not, you should be.  Once again, Monsanto and farmers consider profits before the health and the well being of their customers.

What can we do about it?  Buy ORGANIC and buy from local growers you trust.  Or, grow your own.  The best way to change self-serving practices of large corporations is to hurt them where it counts: their sales.  If we don’t buy their products because they’re using Round-up on them, they’ll stop using it!

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Which Fruits and Veggies are "Safe" to Eat?

With so much press about GMOs in our food – even our organic and supposedly “healthy” food -- how do we know what’s safe to eat? 

I try to eat as healthy as the next person but keeping up with which fruit has pesticides, and when I should definitely buy organic or when it’s safe to buy non-organic produce is confusing. Organic veggies are really expensive so I’ve been looking for a reliable source. Check out EWG’s recommendations for Buy Organic and Buy Non-Organic.

Sneak Peek: Avocados are the safest!

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