The Health Risks of Pesticides on our Fruits and Vegetables – Infographic

As a mom, I try and buy organic produce whenever I can at the grocery store – it’s the least that I can do to keep my children safe from pesticides.  If fresh strawberries aren’t in season (i.e. – $6 for a pint), go with frozen organic strawberries.  I also like to get my fruits and vegetables from farmers markets.  A lot of farms here in California still aren’t certified organic but they don’t use pesticides. They may be on their way to becoming certified, but because they aren’t they can’t use the “organic” label on their produce.  Ask around!

 

Another trick I’ve learned to saving money on organic produce is to find the farmer’s market that is on their last leg of their tour before heading back to the farm.  Most farms do a tour of cities before heading back and on their last stop, in the last hour, they usually discount their fruits and veggies dirt cheap.  The one that I go to hands you a grocery bag and for $5, I can fill it up with all the fruit and veggies that I can carry.  Trust me – they don’t want to take it back home!

 

I’m also thinking about rejoining our local farming co-op for organic fruits and veggies.  The only drawback is that you don’t get to choose your produce.  I was part of an organic co-op years ago but stopped because I didn’t like getting a ton of kale, arugula, beets, and whatever else was being  harvested that week.  But, I’ve found people that like these items so we can always do a trade for things that they don’t like.

 

Take a look at this infographic that I found on the danger of pesticides.  Unfortunately, the pesticides used on our produce kills more that just bugs.  Pretty eye opening isn’t it?

Fruits Vegetables and Pesticides The Health Risks of Pesticides Infographic

 

 

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4 Responses to The Health Risks of Pesticides on our Fruits and Vegetables – Infographic

  1. H Hamilton says:

    The pesticides are also sprayed on regardless of whether they’re organic or not. Organic produce only means pesticides are not put in the soil. Farmers still spray their crops with pesticides and surfactants to seal in the pesticides. You MUST wash your veggies with a good wash or you’re still eating all the things you just mentioned you are wanting to avoid. :( . Try running an organic bunch of broccoli under water. The water umbrellas off of it. This is because it has the chemicals on it to allow water to repel off it. Farmers do this to seal the pesticides in from rain. Farmers are allowed by the government to spray enough on to protect their crop from a 14 day rain, so this means you’d literally have to run water over your veggies or fruit for 14 days (24 hrs a day) straight to wash the surfactant off ( and then you have to deal with the sprayed pesticides). I use GNLD’s “Green” to clean our veggies. We soak them in a sink full of water with a couple small pumps of the Green for 30 minutes. After the broccoli is clean, the water will not umbrella off the top, but rather go right through it. Most apples are dipped in wax too — organic or not. The Green starts to eat away at the wax too, but you usually have to peel apples before consumption to avoid eating candle wax (which is not digestible).

    Hope you find this helpful.

  2. The best option is to grow as much as possible yourself. Almost anyone can grow something no matter where you live and what abilities you have.

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