|Pesticides and Produce|
The choice is yours!
Thanks to improvements in farming, shipping and distribution, shoppers today enjoy a wider selection of fresh produce than ever before. However, pesticide residue on some fruits and vegetables can be a cause for concern. In fact, fruits and vegetables on the 'highest levels' list below contain 47 to 67 pesticides per serving.
countries monitor residual levels of pesticides in produce, and establish
legal limits for the safety of consumers. In some cases, however, these
residual levels may be toxic for children, pregnant women and even pets.The US FDA maintains that consuming pesticides in low amounts is harmless, but some studies show an association between pesticides and health problems such as cancer, attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder and nervous system disorders and say exposure could weaken immune systems.
|A study by Consumers Union, the publishers of Consumer Reports magazine, examines and rates the residual levels of pesticides on many common fruits and vegetables. A report by the Environmental Working Group, using data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has found that much of the health risks associated with pesticides are concentrated in a relatively small number of fruits and vegetables. The list below is compiled from these reports.|
.....Produce with Highest Levels of Pesticide Residue.....
Winter Squash (US)
Vitamins A, C, Folic acid
Vitamins A, C, E, Potassium
Vitamin C, Potassium
| Substitutions (approx. nutritional
Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries,
kiwi, orange, cantaloupe
Carrots, romaine lettuce, broccoli, radishes
Canned pears, canned peaches, oranges
.....Produce with Lowest Levels of Pesticide Residue.....
Avocados - vitamins A, C, folic acid
Sweet Corn (frozen)- carotenoids, folic acid
Onions - trace vitamins, carotenoids
Cabbage - vitamin C, potassium
vitamin C, potassium
Grapefruit - vitamins A, C, calcium
Bananas - potassium, vitamin C
Kiwi Fruit - vitamin C
Asparagrus - folic acid, vitamins A, C
Watermelon - potassium, vitamins A, C
Broccoli - potassium,
vitamins A, C
Environmental Working Group
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Diego Earth Times
Environmental Protection Agency
|How To Make Produce Safer|
Although apples rank high in pesticide residue, apple juice ranks low.
a good substitute for non-organic apples.
Although one should use caution when buying produce, it is most important to note that the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables far outweigh the risks associated with pesticide residue.
|Where to find organic produce online:|
Front Door Organics
Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD)
Door to Door Organics