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.