Chemical farming is on the increase, as farmers try to reduce pests and increase production to meet demands. The wide spread use of chemicals and pesticides along with GMO’s are placing a dangerous toxic load on our bodies. Pesticide exposure has been linked to cancers, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, ADHD, leaky gut, and birth defects. These chemicals act overtime and the cumulative effects of all the chemicals we are exposed to increases our risks.
The more we can do to decrease our exposure to toxic chemicals, the better. One way is to buy organic foods. Every year the Environmental Working Group puts out a list of the Dirty Dozen, and the Clean Fifteen as a guide to organic buying.
The Dirty Dozen is the list of produce items that contain the highest levels of pesticides and chemicals and should be bought organic whenever possible. The Clean Fifteen are the produce items, which contain the lowest pesticide levels, and may be bought conventional if organic is not available. Generally speaking, foods that have a thick outer skin, which is not consumed, are safer to buy conventional. Produce like avocados, and grapefruit fall into this group.
Whether organic or not always wash produce thoroughly prior to consuming with a fruit & veggie wash or a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water.
Download and print this guide or keep it on your food for the next you are grocery shopping and buy organic whenever you can!
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