What can we do to protect ourselves from pesticide residues in our food?
1) The most effective way to avoid pesticides is to eat certified organic fruits and vegetables which are grown without the use of any synthetic and toxic chemicals.
Washing or peeling conventional fruits and vegetables only removes a percentage of the pesticides as some of them are systemic and tend to be absorbed through the whole of the produce.
Studies have shown that organic produce have a lower incidence and level of pesticide residues than non-organic produce. Where residues were found, these were due to environmental pollution from pesticides used in conventional farming.
2) If certified organic fruits and vegetables are not readily available or affordable, choose those that are less likely contaminated with pesticide residues.
In the USA, the Environmental Working Group have published the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide in Produce aimed at helping shoppers determine which fruits and vegetables contain the most pesticide residues. This allows us to avoid eating the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables.
3) Start your own organic garden and grow as much fruits and vegetables as possible. You will have the complete assurance that you are not eating fresh produce that has pesticide residues or other toxic chemicals. Freshly picked fruits and vegetables will definitely taste richer compared to those in the supermarkets.
Join us in this interview with the President of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM)
Recently, I had the privilege of talking to Andre Leu, President of IFOAM and Chairman of Organic Federation of Australia.
Here’s a snippet of what Andre had to say.
“Researchers in the USA tested umbilical cord bloods and found 200 chemicals in them on average. Some of these chemicals work like hormones in very small concentrations (parts per billion) and act as hormone signals to switch on and off genes at a critical time of the foetal development. This can lead to a whole range of problems later on in life for developing children.”
Listen to more of what Andre Leu has to say here. This could possibly be the most important piece of information you’ll ever listen to.
Together, let us say ‘No’ to pesticide residues in our food!
Dr Esther Lok
Disclaimer: All advice may not be construed as medical advice or instruction and is not meant to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. Information has been compiled from the author’s personal experiences and own research into multiple existing public references and previously published scientific studies. While all care is taken, information is not warranted as accurate and The Organics Institute and Dr Esther Lok cannot be held liable for any errors and omissions.