In doing the research for the preparation of my Plant Based Directory, I am coming across a lot of information about different pesticides and chemicals used to treat the produce that we purchase from our local markets.
The Environmental Dirty Dozens list
I usually try to buy organic, however if I fall short I have not felt too bad about it. I mean, I am still eating healthy by choosing plant based food right? Well, not necessarily. For instance, in researching the health benefits of Kale I learned that Two-thirds of produce sampled in recent evaluations were poisoned with pesticides and non-organic kale ranks amongst the world’s most heavily polluted crops. In 2007 and 2008, USDA scientists found 51 pesticides on kale. Kale isn’t the only one. See the Environmental Working Groups Dirty Dozen noted below
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Nectarines (Imported)
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Snap Peas (Imported)
- Hot Peppers
Why are Pesticides so harmful
Pesticides are stored in your colon where they slowly but surely poison the body. In consuming just one non-organic apple you may be consuming up to 30 different pesticides. Even if you wash a piece of fruit, the pesticides that were lingering could have already seeped into the fruit..
After countless studies, pesticides have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, and ADHD and even some birth defects. They also have the potential to harm the nervous, reproductive and endocrine systems. Clearly occasionally eating a piece of fruit with pesticides won’t harm you . However continuously eating fruit treated with pesticides can be potentially detrimental to your health. To totally avoid pesticides the only real options are to buy organic or grow your own. For pesticide safety tips, visit the United States EPA website .