This REALLY bothered me! My mom saw it and dvr'ed (is that a word?) it, my husband saw it at the gym and came home all fired up, and then I read the article and felt like I needed to share it.
If you don't have time to read the article or watch the videos, get this as a bottom line!
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOUR KIDS
- Buy organic, make sure to wash
The best advice for parents — and anyone who wants to avoid pesticides — is to choose foods least likely to contain them. The Environmental Working Group, a consumer advocacy organization, advises shoppers to buy organic versions of a dozen fruits and vegetables that grow in the ground or are commonly eaten with the skin, because they’re most likely to be contaminated.
Make sure to wash all fruits and vegetables under cold running tap water and scrub firm-skinned produce with a brush. Be sure to rinse frozen fruits and vegetables, too.
But don’t wash produce with soap. The Food and Drug Administration says that could leave behind residues of detergent, yet more chemicals that everyone would do best to avoid.
- Follow the DIRTY DOZEN rule! The EWG came up with a list of the 12 "dirtiest foods" that contain the most amount of pesticides and the cleanest 15 so you as a consumer would know which ones to shop organically for.
The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15
Download the guide on your computer or your iphone at the link below!
Download the Guide | Environmental Working Group
This website is great! A lot of useful information on pesticides and protecting your kiddos!
Today Show Clip from May 17th 2010
Read the entire article from the link below!!
Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned medical expert on natural health and wellness, tells us why and how he uses the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides.
Where to find organic produce
Local grocery store (slim pickings at mine)
Whole Foods, Sun Harvest, Trader Joes
Local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership
We just signed up last week! When we lived in Las Vegas there was not a local CSA I could join. Once we moved to Texas and got settled I started looking right away. Now we have found a farm that only sells certified organically grown fruit and veggies. You pay a seasonal fee and pick up a basket of a variety of fruits and veggies each week.
To learn more and find a local CSA to join in your area visit the link below.
More about the move
6 years ago