I’ll have some pesticides with that, please.

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That’s not exactly what you are thinking when you buy fruits and vegetables for yourself or your family, is it?  Yet conventionally grown fruits and veggies do come with a side of pesticides, herbicides and petroleum based fertilizers.  You can try to scrub them off, but just how well can you scrub a strawberry?  Some of the chemicals are actually absorbed into the plant, so no matter how much you scrub you’ll never get rid of them.  No big deal? If they weren’t safe farmers wouldn’t be able to use them?  Think again- pesticides and herbicides are designed to KILL LIVING THINGS.  Are you alive?

I know we can’t all eat 100% organic 100% of the time.  Few people have the ability and resources to do that.  You can, however, take steps to reduce your pesticide intake.  You have probably heard of the “Dirty Dozen” list.  This is based on residue tests on the 50 most commonly consumed fruits and vegetables in the US.  Try to buy these fruits and vegetables organically whenever possible. Personally, I will not buy my little Beck conventionally grown berries, apples, or stone fruits.  He eats A LOT of fruit, I’m not going to let it be coated with poisons.  In addition, if there are certain fruits or veggies that your family consumes a lot of, consider buying it organic as well, especially if it has a soft skin or is often grown with lots of pesticides conventionally.

Here is the “Dirty Dozen”

1. Celery

2. Peaches

3. Strawberries

4. Apples

5. Blueberries (Domestic)

6. Nectarines

7. Sweet Bell Peppers

8. Spinach

9. Cherries

10. Kale/ Collard Greens

11.Potatoes

12. Grapes (imported)

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