BE AWARE - Wash Fresh Produce With Soap and Water - How Many Pesticides Do You Consume Every Day?
Posted Dec 29 2009 12:53pm
At a recent green conference I was handed a little magnetic guide for my
refrigerator. It listed which fruits and veggies have tested the highest in
pesticides straight off the shelf and which ones are the lowest. Awesome!
This guide is created and distributed through the Environmental Working Group (EWG)
which is a truly amazing not-for-profit organization that is educating and
protecting public health. Most specifically, the EWG wants to eliminate toxic
foods and toxic living.
According to EWG's website, "EWG research has found that people who eat the
12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables consume an average of 10 pesticides a
day. Those who eat the 15 least contaminated conventionally-grown fruits and
vegetables ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily."
Discovering the "Shopper's Guide To Pesticides" is an enormous assist for
those of us who want to keep toxic products away from our families. EWG analysts
utilized data from almost 87,000 residual pesticide tests in produce. This data
was collected by the United States Department of Agriculture and the United
States Food and Drug Administration between 2000 and 2007.
The Guide helps consumers make informed choices to lower their dietary
pesticide load. Remember that simply rinsing your produce does NOT eliminate
pesticides completely. Washing with soap AND water helps the most. Some
pesticides also remain inside the produce as it is taken in during growth.