Pesticides in Produce

Over a billion tons of pesticides are sprayed on the fruits and vegetables in the US alone in a single year.  These pesticides kill the bacteria in the soil that are needed to break down the minerals in the soil.  These minerals need to be broken down otherwise the plants are unable to take them up.  As a result of the pesticides, nearly all of us are mineral deficient as our food is mineral deficient, not to mention full of pesticides.

  • Pesticides cause many health problems such as birth defects, nerve damage and cancer. They are particular toxic in children as their immune system is immature.  Children are also nearer to the ground where indoor and outdoor pesticides are most concentrated.  Several studies have shown a link to Alzheimer’s disease as well as Parkinson’s.
  • Pesticides are also contained in many household products such as disinfectants and cleansers and in chemicals like herbicides, fungicides and general disinfectants.  Pesticide spray can also drift through the air and can also be found in tap water.
  • Results of pesticides and children who switched to an organic diet:
The EWG did tests on the 53 most commonly consumed produce to determine the amount of pesticides which were found inside them on our shop shelves. It is a wonderful list and if you are unable to afford buying all your produce organically at the very least please try to purchase the top 12 highest pesticide content ONLY organically.  Copy this list somewhere handy and ensure to consume these organically.
 
Dirty Dozen (Buy these organic)
  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines 
  7. Grapes 
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries 
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/collard greens
The “Clean 15” had the least pesticides and I was not surprised that the resilient onion was top. 
 
Clean 15 (Lowest in Pesticide)
  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe 
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms
To see the whole list : http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list/