Natural Living Des Moines


Pesticide-Laden Produce by naturaldsm
June 18, 2007, 9:52 pm
Filed under: Food

In our family, we often joke about conventional food being “pesticide-laden” or “drug-laden.” (As in, “Do you want organic peaches, or pesticide peaches?”) However, the sad truth is that these aren’t really jokes.

I checked out the Organic Baby and Toddler Cookbook from our library last week, and was a little taken aback at some of the statistics quoted in the book. According to this book, tests conducted on “conventional” produce between 1997 and 1998 showed that 100% of all oranges contained pesticide residues. 96% of pears, 84% of lettuce, 80.3% of celery, 77% of strawberries, 75% of grapes, 70% of carrots, 69% of apples, 66% of raspberries, and 50% of peaches. Yikes! Makes you want to choose the organic varieties just a wee bit more now, doesn’t it?

In addition, the book talks a bit about farming methods in other countries, as well as our own, and how we are increasingly relying on chemicals – pesticides, fertilizers, and the like – to enable us to essentially abuse the ground by overproducing. It mentions that rice and wheat are among the most heavily sprayed crops produced in the world today. So, it’s well worth considering avoiding “conventional” rice or wheat products when you can!

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