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Are your fresh fruits and vegetables making you sick?…Part 2

April 24th, 2012
Tractor spraying pesticides

Conventional Farming Practices

 

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.

 

» Read more: Are your fresh fruits and vegetables making you sick?…Part 2

Are your fresh fruits and vegetables making you sick?…Part 1

April 16th, 2012

Here’s a piece of eye-opening information that could possibly save your life.

 

The 2010 US President’s Cancer Panel Report clearly stated that environmental toxins, including chemicals used in farming are the main causes of cancers. It recommended that people consume food grown without pesticides, fertilisers and growth hormones.

 

This report was written by eminent scientists and medical specialists in the field, published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute.

 

The majority of people get most of their exposure to pesticides through food, especially fresh fruits and vegetables.

Fruits & vegetables

 

In Australia more than 7200 registered pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are used in the food production industry

» Read more: Are your fresh fruits and vegetables making you sick?…Part 1