ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE ON
PESTICIDE RESIDUE AVOIDANCE
News You Can Use: The 10
Most Important Foods To Eat Organic (1999)
There's no question that the more organic foods you
eat, the happier your body will be. The ideal diet would be 100% organic-from
the coffee in the morning cup to that slice of pie. Unfortunately, in
many parts of the country, it's not always possible to go all organic all the
Until our chemically dependent factory farms stop sniffing
fumes and seek some sorely needed professional help for their pesticide
addiction, many of us will have to supplement those organic foods we can find
with conventionally-grown edibles. However, not all conventionally-produced
foods are created equal. There are some foods you should try to always eat
Food Babies are extraordinarily susceptible to pesticides. Two organic
brands (Earth's Best and Well-Fed Baby) are available. Or better yet, make
your own by cooking and pureeing organic produce.
Do you know what it takes for a fragile, beautiful strawberry to make it
through the rigors of factory harvesting and a long truck ride to your
table? More chemicals that you can shake a stick at. Strawberries are one
of the most chemically-intensive crops in America. Enjoy them in season
from local organic farms and forgo them the rest of the year.
Domestic rice is grown with heavy doses of pesticides. Since it has a long
shelf life, buy organic rice in quantity whenever you find it and store it
for use over time.
Grains. As we shift our diets to include more fiber, we're also
shifting our diets to include more chemicals (which come free as a special
bonus with the conventionally grown grains we use to provide dietary
roughage). For that reason, when your diet shifts, shift it to organic
Milk? We hope not. Today's commercial brands today are loaded with
bovine antibiotics and, increasingly, growth hormones. Make your moo
organic and avoid a milk mustache that could make a real one drop off.
Corn is typically not a scale tipper when it comes to pesticide residues.
But take into account that the average American eats 11 pounds of the
stuff a year, and suddenly organic corn makes more than a little sense.
Eat local organic corn in season and freeze some for later.
This tropical favorite has a short window of ripeness and a very long
distance to market (quick, how many local banana farms does your town
have?). All of which adds up to a lot of heavy chemical monkey business
along the way.
Beans. Over 60 different pesticides are used on green beans. Even
beans used in baby food have been found to be contaminated. Bet you wish
you knew that when you were 7 and Mom was trying to make you finish
Nothing beats a peach. Until you realize that they often have the highest
rates of illegally-applied pesticides. Isn't that just peachy...
A decade after the dangers of Alar were exposed,
apples are still soaked in pesticides. Put only organic apples in your
Excerpted from: The Green
Guide, a newsletter published by Mothers and Others, 40 W. 20th Street, New
York, NY 10011-4211, phone: 888-ECO-INFO, Website:www.mothers.org
In RI, contact Toxics Information
Project (TIP), Tel. 401-351-9193,
or E-Mail: TIP@toxicsinfo.org, for
more on this concern.