I know that many people are cutting back at the grocery store to save money. I can understand that. So, I want to share with you why it’s important to reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides by understanding which crops contain the most and the crops that contain the least amount of cancer causing chemicals.
First you should know that many pesticides that were approved for use on our crops by the EPA were registered long before extensive research linking these chemicals to cancer and other diseases had been established.
TODAY the EPA considers the following to be CANCER CAUSING:
60 percent of all herbicide (the substance used to kill unwanted plants)
90 percent of all fungicides (chemical compound used to kill or inhibit fungus)
30 percent of all insecticides (used to kill insects)
Some chemicals are no longer used in the US because they were found to be too toxic and a danger to our health. But…get this….they are still sold to other countries who then ship their foods right back to us! Yet another reason to buy local.
These chemicals accumulate in our fat cells and over time, this toxicity can alter our genetic makeup, mimic hormones and can lead to cancer. They affect our nervous system and reproductive system causing infertility in both men and women.
But you say organics are expensive. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has compiled a list of the top 12 most heavily contaminated pieces of produce. You can download a pocket size shopping guide that you can carry with you to the grocery store to avoid these chemicals. It also lists “Clean 15,” so you can save money on the Clean 15 while purchasing the “Dirty Dozen” organically.
EWG research has found that people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the Dirty Dozen list consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. Those who eat from the 15 least contaminated non-organic fruits and vegetables ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily. So I urge you to purchase organic for any foods you eat from the top 12 or avoid them all together.
You can go to FOOD NEWS and download the pocket guide to the Dirty Dozen for FREE. Check back yearly, because this list is updated every year.