Something about the fact that pesticides kill living organisms makes me wonder what effect they have on humans. Of course, they’re not going to kill us, but logic tells me they can’t be good for us. It only makes sense to me that they would affect us negatively in various ways. When you read articles online, there is a considerable amount of concern about high levels of pesticides being on some of our food.
According to the Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, there are twelve produce items they call the “dirty dozen” because of the high amount of pesticides on them. This list was based on test data from the USDA. If at all possible, the EWG says to buy these 12 in organic form or buy in a very limited quantity from time to time. If organic is too expensive, then choose something off the “Clean 15” list on the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides. Here is a list of what they consider to be the twelve worst fresh produce items as far as the amount of pesticides on them:
- Peaches (check farmer’s markets and ask if pesticides were used)
- Strawberries (I watch for Krogers to put organic on sale)
- Apples (I buy organic either at Target or Brookshire’s. The peeling is so healthy, and it defeats half the reason for eating apples if they have to be peeled because of pesticides.)
- Blueberries (we buy organic at Sam’s)
- Bell Peppers (I buy organic at Central Market or when Krogers puts them on sale)
- Spinach (we buy organic on sale either at Central Market, Krogers or Tom Thumb)
- Potatoes (I try to buy organic at Central Market, whichever kind of organic potato is the best price)
- Grapes (imported) (I don’t buy imported, only domestic)
Organic produce can be expensive, but if you watch the grocery ads then you can usually find it on sale, especially during the summer, at one of the grocery stores that carries organics.
We have been so busy, but our plans are to start a small garden using something similar to the Square Foot Gardening Method. We hope to plant potatoes, okra, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, and green beans. So, we’ll see how that goes!