FOOD MATTERS! GO ORGANIC – WENDY BLANCHARD, M.S.

A healthy diet requires a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, but these seemingly healthy choices may be full of pesticides!

The U.S. uses 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides each year, but only .01% reach its intended target which are insects. The rest ends up contaminating our air, food and water causing many health challenges for Americans. Those who regularly eat food grown with pesticides are at the highest risk for developing health problems. Studies show that even after properly washing fruits and vegetables at least one pesticide remains on 63% that are used on our produce. Eating organic produce will make it more likely  to eliminate the harmful effects of these pesticides. Be proactive in nourishing your health and mind.

The “dirty dozen” and the “clean 15” refer to the fruits and vegetables that are the most, and least contaminated by pesticide use, according to the Environmental Working Group.

The “dirty dozen” are the following in order of contamination:

Apples
Celery
Sweet bell peppers
Peaches
Strawberries
Nectarines
Grapes
Spinach
Lettuce
Cucumbers
Blueberries
Potatoes

The “clean 15” are in order of least contamination:

Onions
Sweet Corn
Pineapples
Avocado
Cabbage
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Mangoes
Eggplant
Kiwi
Cantaloupe
Sweet potatoes
Grapefruit
Watermelon
Mushrooms

Non-organic foods cost more money, but I feel that is only in the short term, as the long term effects of eating these foods cost us more that just dollars and cents.

Being dedicated to cooking whole foods from scratch and incorporating well thought out meal planning, home gardening and food preservation can help to diminish the cost of organic food purchases. We all must work within our budgets. Remember, like anything else, the process is gradual and that change takes time. Begin with shopping locally, and eating locally, and always avoid GMOs which are genetically modified organisms being injected into our food supply. Research shows dramatic differences in symptoms, health challenges, and disease when removing GMOs from the diets of livestock animals, pets and humans.

Learn the codes for your produce! Stickers on fruits and veggies can help you identify the type of produce you are buying. A four digit code starting with a 3 or 4 means they were conventionally grown. A five digit code starting with number 8 means they are genetically modified (GMO), and a five digit code starting with 9 means they were organically grown.

Here are two trailers that are so informative and thought provoking.

In Organic We Trust…

https://youtu.be/u8BIEz3s3ic

Food Matters…

https://youtu.be/r4DOQ6Xhqss

The Dangers of GMO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPBFcJ9B_C0

Read and hear all the facts that you can on becoming one with the earth as in organic living. See if it’s a good fit for you and make an informed decision!

To your good health!

Wendy

 

 

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