Who do you talk to when you are getting your food? Who’s there to answer your questions? Who’s there to tell you what you are actually buying? How was it fed or grown? Nowadays it’s politically correct labels with complicated ingredients and chemicals.
You can’t even trust if the food is really coming from where the label says it does, how it was grown and what’s in it. You may be buying bananas claiming to have been grown in South Africa, but what is that supposed to mean? How much pesticide are you eating? Does it make a difference if the seed was genetically modified or not? Does it say if the bananas where grown in rich nutritious soil or on a cargo ship coming from South Africa? Does it say if the food ever saw the Sun or if it grew under neon beds? How much pesticide is enough?
The truth is we can barely hint at what’s going on behind the marketplace. The only thing you can count on is that the corporations will look for ways to cut costs and cheat the customer. They would cheat and cross anyone for that extra profit, that’s for sure.
Most of the food is grown from Monsanto genetically modified seeds and their pesticides. They use so many tons of pesticides that it’s not safe even for the people working there. Traditional American farms are being run out of business by corporate giants.
The farmers find it more difficult than ever to grow healthy nutritious food. With only a handful of independent businesses, we have little choice but to go to the marketplace. Once there it seems we are choosing between bad and worse.
We either buy more affordable food grown under unknown circumstances or we buy more expensive, so-called organic food, which at least includes the illusion of safety. The real challenge is avoiding the pesticides and other chemicals which are slowly killing you. For some foods you can’t cleanse of pesticides because they grow right in or they are absorbed through the skin or peel.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) focuses on making both the planet and the people on it healthier. They do so by evaluating pesticide levels on 3000 vegetables on a yearly basis. Their findings may be shocking as it happened in 2013, when they found 165 different pesticides. Their surveys produced 2 lists.
The Dirty Dozen lists the fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticides, measuring quantity and variety. They may add an extension to the list with the top two or three scorers that didn’t meet the list. You should purchase products on this list from the organic section.
The Clean 15 lists the fruits and vegetables that tested for the lowest amounts of pesticides. In general, these fruits and veggies should be safe to eat from the normal section. You don’t need to get organic ones.
The 2015 Dirty Dozen
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Snap Peas
- Hot Peppers – plus list
- Kale/Collard Greens – plus list
The top scorers this year were apples, peaches and nectarines. At least one type of pesticide residue was found on 99 percent of apples, 98 percent of peaches and 97 percent of nectarines. Potatoes had more pesticides per weight than any of the other vegetables tested.
It was shocking to find one grape sample and one sweet bell pepper sample that had at least 15 pesticides. There were individual samples of nectarines, peaches, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, and imported snap peas that had as much as 13 different pesticides each. That is all of them on the same sample of vegetables. You may notice that not even half of the list entries can be peeled.
The Clean Fifteen
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas
- Sweet Potatoes
These are considered to be the safest foods to buy. The small amounts of pesticides on them are either too low to consider or easily washed away. In fact, buying these from the organic section is just a waste of money.
It was interesting to note that 99 percent of avocado samples didn’t show any trace of pesticides. There were also no pesticides found on 11 percent of pineapples, 12 percent of mangoes, 18 percent of kiwi, 20 percent of papayas, and 39 percent of cantaloupes. There are no list entries with more than 4 types of pesticides and only about 5 percent had two or more types of pesticides on them. Foods on this list should be safe to eat once you have washed them thoroughly.
Issues of food safety are very important and easily overlooked. The implications are very serious as pesticides and chemicals are very dangerous for ours and our family’s health. These chemicals have the potential of affecting our children even more. There is no way to tell the impact of pesticides on our children’s nervous, endocrine and digestive systems, especially as they are growing up. Many of modern day diseases such as cancers may be caused by toxins affecting our cells, mutating them. Diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are also correlated with accumulation of toxins in our nervous system.
Human intervention over Mother Nature came as a necessity to sustain modern day society. However, we are now facing new diseases and health hazards as a result. As science has evolved, we were able to break into the chemistry of everything around us. In an attempt to maximize our gains, we may have sealed our fate.
What food from the lists do you regularly eat? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.