Friday, July 18, 2008

a different kind of pestilence

since reading Silent Spring by Rachel Carson a few years back, i have been wondering about the actual pesticide load on fruits and vegetables. have you ever been curious about that? maybe you were afraid to ask?

click over to the Environmental Working Group's list of the fruits and vegetables with the highest - and lowest - pesticide loads. what are you eating, people? the website says that washing and peeling only help to a certain extent; the real solution is to eat varied, and to eat organic whenever possible. (you know it's rough when they're soaking the seeds in pesticide before germination, word.) here's the EWG's short list compiled on Food Democracy:

Dirty Dozen (Foods With Most Pesticides):

* Peaches
* Apples
* Sweet bell peppers
* Celery
* Nectarines
* Strawberries
* Cherries
* Pears
* Imported grapes
* Spinach
* Lettuce
* Potatoes

12 Cleanest Foods (Foods with Least Pesticides)

* Onions
* Avocados
* Frozen sweet corn
* Pineapples
* Mangos
* Asparagus
* Frozen sweet peas
* Kiwi
* Bananas
* Cabbage
* Broccoli
* Papaya

nothing scares ya like invisible poisons, eh? i dunno who thought eating pesticides was a good idea. at least now i know that using that veggie-wash is not going to help me much.

more reason to grow a garden - in soil not tainted by lead paint chips - and harvest my own cukes and zukes someday. [head tilt] i'll totally have a plum tree, too. and a mulberry tree. shit, i'll have a mini orchard - when i was in high school, we had fruit trees all around our house, plus yellow roses out front...{nostalgia commences}

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