Review: Reducing pesticides in your food

Very helpful produce shopping guide

Very helpful produce shopping guide

The Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce is a great tool to help you feel good about taking care of yourself and your family.

Did you know that ‘conventional’ produce contains pesticides that cannot be washed off so that means you are ingesting them?  The ‘O’ word – yes, ‘ORGANICS’, tends to turn some people off, because they think it is unnecessary or too expensive. It is true that buying organic produce is usually more expensive than conventional produce, but don’t you think your health is worth it? Reducing toxins is an important consideration to prevent cancer.

Here’s a tip that makes this subject a lot easier:  A list of the 12 most toxic produce items is called the ‘Dirty Dozen’; these have the highest amount of pesticides and are the items that I always buy organic. All the others are ideally bought organic but you don’t have to.  The ‘Clean 15’ are the ones that are the cleanest and least worrisome.

In my view, produce marked ‘No Spray’ is acceptable too – this generally means that the farm does not use pesticides but has not yet achieved a certified organic status. I believe it takes approximately 8 years for a farm to gain organic status.

Look here at the Top 3 worst offenders – yes, I’m sure you eat these often!  (Are you gasping?)

Top 3 offenders containing pesticides

Top 3 offenders containing pesticides

The Environmental Working Group is a non-for-profit organization started in 1993 and produces a wealth of great healthy shopping information for consumers.

Initially switching to organics was intimidating and a chore, but now that I’ve found favourite places to buy organics, it is part of my routine, and it feels good to take care of myself.

1 thought on “Review: Reducing pesticides in your food

  1. If you have space, you can plant a garden and grow some of your own produce, or seek out friends and neighbours with gardens who might have produce to sell or trade. Also consider local farmer’s markets, as small organic farmers are often present. In my area, there is a farmer’s market every Sunday morning. Great prices and you get to talk to the people who grew your food.

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