Why you need to buy Organic Food.
Our adult kids reprimand us when we get lazy and buy produce that is not organic. I know my husband says, "I am 67 years old and I am fine." "What difference does it make now?" He reminisces about riding his bike 60 years ago behind the pesticide truck spraying right at him. There is probably as much pesticide on our produce now as was sprayed on him all those years ago. Also consider the accumulation of ingesting pesticides everyday and these poisons are coming at us from all directions: the air we breath, products in our house, cleaning supplies, toiletries etc.
I have Parkinson's Disease and no one else in my family that I know of ever suffered from it. No one knows the cause but they do know it mimics pesticide poisoning. How many people do you know of that have had Cancer or a neurological disease? When I was growing up I only knew one person that had Cancer. Now we figure it is not if you get cancer but when.
I know people are living longer and the body breaks down. But I was only 54 when I was diagnosed with P.D. So get smart and give your loved ones the gift of produce that is good for them.
A wonderful organization called: EWG ( Environmental Working Group) puts out a list of produce to buy Organic or avoid and a list of produce you can purchase that is not Organic. They also put out a list of other items so be sure to follow the link in the picture above to their website to learn more and support their efforts.
EWG lists the produce with the highest pesticides:
DO NOT BUY: Apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes.
This is why you should not eat them: "99 percent of apple samples, 98 percent of peaches, and 97 percent of nectarines tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce.
A single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides.
Single samples of cherry tomatoes, nectarines, peaches, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece."
Produce with the least pesticides are:
DO BUY : "Avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes."
Try eating more: "Avocados were the cleanest: only 1 percent of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides. Some 89 percent of pineapples, 82 percent of kiwi, 80 percent of papayas, 88 percent of mango and 61 percent of cantaloupe had no residues."
I need to be so much better about buying organic.
Toni Faile Lyerly
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