Saturday, March 20, 2010

How Not to Eat Pesticides for Dinner. Rained Out.

By Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD 

“We love produce, but we don't love pesticides. To stay away from the tough stuff, you don't have to buy absolutely everything organic. Just follow these rules:
  • Avoid waxed foods. You can tell if something is waxed by smelling the stem. If it doesn't smell like the food, then it's likely waxed. The problem with wax is that it locks in pesticides that can be found on fruit like apples, pears, and nectarines.

  • Go organic when it makes sense. Go organic for the produce that contains the highest amount of pesticides. The "dirtiest" stuff: apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, kale, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, strawberries. But it might not make sense to pay extra for foods that are naturally low in pesticides: asparagus, avocados, cabbage, eggplants, kiwifruit, onions, mangoes, pineapples, sweet corn, sweet peas. Just remember that you still have to wash organic fruit and veggies to remove all the natural stuff used as fertilizer.
And while we're talking about the produce aisle, we recommend that you choose frozen fruit and vegetables in the winter, since the fresh ones usually have to come from remote locations. Frozen produce is picked at its peak and frozen immediately, often containing far more nutrients than out-of-season fresh produce that is trucked long distances. Freezing maintains nutrients better than canning: Fruit and veggies often lose as much as 20% of total nutrients in the canning process.”

Research Shows Children are Critically Susceptible to Pesticides:

"Particular concern to the researchers were chlorpyrifos and diazinon, pesticide chemicals still used ubiquitously in US agriculture. Pesticides have been cited as a possible cause of developmental difficulties and childhood cancers.
Both the study authors and environmental health campaigners have urged a complete re-examination of the way in which home chemical products are tested for safety and of the consensus on acceptable exposure levels".   From:


Do you know where your potatoes, oranges and tomatoes have been?

“Unless your fruits and vegetables are organic, they grew up in fields covered in pesticides and herbicides. Although the pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables are considered to be at safe levels for human consumption, do you really want those extra chemicals on your food?

Commercial sprays and washes sold for cleaning vegetables really aren't any better than cleaning thoroughly with plain water, so don't waste your money on them.

Remember that the fruits and vegetables you buy may look clean when you pick them out at the grocery store, but you can't see bacteria or chemicals. Your fruits and vegetables still need to be washed before you eat them or serve them to guests or family members. This is especially important for produce and greens that are eaten raw.”

The yard sale was rained out today, but I knew this would be a possibility, so I saved the sorting until a better day.    It was raining so hard, we could not even take the tarps off the tables to empty them.  It is supposed to be like this until 4.00 PM.

So, before the road below me became flooded, Jay and I went into town to deposit all the rolled up coin, and stack of small bills.  Then we worked our way back, pulling up the yard sale signs.

This afternoon the rain had stopped and I toyed with the idea of uncovering the tables, while I sorted stuff out, but it was so much colder, that it drove me back indoors.  BBRRR.

I was glad, as my ‘get-up-and-go’ had ‘got-off-and went’, today

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