Poisoned Produce: The Case for Organics

Posted: September 2, 2013 by By The Numb3rs (BTN LLC) in Bugs, Case for Organics, Health, Healthy Living, In My Opinion, Poisoned Produce, Smart Choices
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This is the introduction to a series called The Case for Organics. Before you click-away, read through. This is about more than pricing.

I’ve been a bit OCD about a clean kitchen this summer, I’ve had more gnats and fruit flies than I care to admit to. Sometimes they arrive because I’ve left the dishes in the sink longer than absolutely necessary (what?? I divorced my dishwasher late circa 2000!), other times their arrival has been due to produce. My vegetables are always in the fridge, over the summer I have made more of a point to place all my fruits there as well. Except bananas. They go black in rather rapid fashion when in there, and seem to have “friends” attached.

I purchased a fruit & veggie wash (eco friendly, no chemicals, totally Kosher) – and the amount of disgust (and…um…nausea) was just too much to keep to myself.

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These fruits: grapes, black plums, dinosaur egg plums (that’s what my friend at Whole Foods calls them), peaches, nectarines, and pears…I washed all of them according to the directions on the fruit and veggie wash.

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As you can see by the picture, you can’t see through the water.

From information obtained from the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the USDA, vegetables imported to the US have increased 79.23% from 1999-2012. Fruit imports have increased 41.20%. Vegetable oil imports have more than doubled to 123.12%. The increase of imported produce is a cost issue (it’s cheaper to buy  and export from a country where the people are paid less than $3.00 an hour in wages), which packs a horrible financial punch to our U.S. farmers.

In addition, 80% of “conventional produce” (non-organic) has surface pesticide residues. Residues which contain carcinogens, hormone disruptors, neurotoxins, developmental or reproductive toxins, and bee toxins (toxins which are responsible for bee colony collapse).

The most contaminated fruits are apples, strawberries, grapes, peaches and imported nectarines (EWG’s 2012 Shoppers Guide). Every sample of imported nectarines tested positive for pesticides, 99 percent of apples tested positive for at least one pesticide.

When you make the commitment to a healthier lifestyle, consider what you it is you purchase at the grocery store. And consider this: apples have tested positive for 42 pesticide residues; of which over 30% contain azinphos methyl.

It’s a neurotoxin from nerve agents developed in WWII.

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