TIPS ON FOOD PESTICIDE RESIDUES
From: NON-TOXIC TIMES, The Seventh Generation Newsletter
Vol. 1, No. 9
News You Can Use: A Few Foods That Don't Bite Back
If you'd like to keep pesticides and their residues off of your dinner plate, your best bet is a diet based on organic foods. Of course, that's easier said than done if you live in an area where organic food is hard to find or prohibitively expensive. In that case, what's a concerned consumer to do? Well, you could serve antidotes for dessert... but we think this is better: a list of the 12 least contaminated types of produce published by the Environmental Working Group.
According to the Environmental Working Group, when it comes to conventionally-grown produce, these are the 12 cleanest kinds you can buy:
We don't recommend basing your diet solely on this list, but it's a good healthy start towards meals that won't kill your appetite.
Since the EWG reports that more than half of our total dietary risk from pesticides comes from just 12 foods:
Avoiding these foods for the most part, substituting from the clean list above, and eating organic and/or homegrown produce whenever possible can substantially cut down on your exposure to pesticides. When choosing foods from the above list, however, keep in mind that corn and sweet potatoes are among those foods most likely to have been genetically modified. When it comes to these two types of produce, consumers concerned about GM foods as well will definitely want to seek out organic alternatives to assure themselves of further safety.
For the full report, see: http://www.ewg.org/pub/home/reports/Shoppers/Shoppers.html This is just one study. “Diet for A Poisoned Planet”(1990) by David Steinman, had similar, but not the same findings.
A 1999 Green Guide newsletter list had other recommendations. Practices and pesticides are often changing. Nevertheless, following these guidelines is likely to help considerably reduce your pesticide exposure. TIP will continue to follow the latest research in this area to pass along to the public.
Opportunities for discussion of this, and information about other topics are available from:
Toxics Information Project (TIP), Tel. 401-351-9193 or E-Mail: TIP@toxicsinfo.org
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