Logic dictates that pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals used in farming today aren’t good for you. That’s why organic is such a good choice. But organic is not always a viable option.
More often than not, that leaves you at the mercy of the supermarket produce section and the chemicals used by their supplying farms.
The danger? Chemicals used in agriculture have been shown to be neurotoxins that adversely affect the nervous system and the brain. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US reports that 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides, and 30% of insecticides to be carcinogenic. Need more be said?
We’re coming into the time of year when produce sections will soon be full of seasonal fruits and veggies. In order to get your best bang for the buck, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has published its annual Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce 2013 (see below). In it, they list the 12 produce items with the highest pesticide loads. These you will always want to buy organic. Then they list the 15 fruits and veggies with the lowest pesticide loads… produce with a much lower risk of toxicity.
Memorise this list or take it with you shopping. You and your family will benefit from it.