What's in Your Food?
The most and least contaminated fruits and vegetables

By Marion Owen, Fearless Weeder for PlanTea, Inc. and
Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul


FEATURE ARTICLE:

Tom Hanks' "Power of Four" solution

More good stuff:

Marion's online catalog

Who is Marion Owen?

FAQs about PlanTea

Search Marion's articles, tips and recipes

Why grow organic?

News and press releases

Read love letters

How to link to this site

Need a speaker?

How to contact Marion

Visiting Alaska?
Come to Kodiak Island!

Go to home page

Gardening newsletter
Marion's UpBeet Gardener
Newsletter
has been
replaced by Marion's blog
which you can find at:
www.marionowen.wordpress.com

 

 

organic produce and gardeningDid you know there is a report card that rates, not reading, writing and arithmetic skills, but pesticide contamination for 43 fruits and vegetables?

The list is based on an analysis of over 100,000 tests on these foods, conducted from 2000 to 2004 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.

What are pesticides, and what do they do?

Pesticides are used to kill bugs, weeds and other pests, and there is growing consensus in the scientific community that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can adversely affect people, especially during fetal development and childhood.

For an excellent resource about pesticides, look into the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, (NCAP). Their mission: to protect people and the environment by advancing healthy solutions to pest problems.

Shoppers would be wise to minimize exposure to pesticides whenever possible, a stand taken by Washington, DC-based The Environmental Working Group (EWG), which has compiled the data into a handy, wallet-sized guide called The Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce. You can download a copy from the EWG's Food News website. The site also provides the full list of 43 Fruits and Veggies.

 

Of course, the ultimate solutions are found right in your own yard and kitchen! One solution is to grow your own produce (organically, of course!) even if it's just a fraction of what you buy. Discover how and why in my articles: Why Grow Your Own Food, Easy Ways to Avoid Junk Food. Would you like to make your landscsope do double duty? Landscape with edible plants!

Meanwhile, the wallet guide lists the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest and lowest levels of pesticides.

Pesticides in foodThe MOST contaminated produce includes:

  • Apples
  • Bell Pepper
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Imported Grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Red Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

The LEAST contaminated fruits and veggies include:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet corn
  • Kiwis
  • Mangos
  • Onions
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet peas

Fruits and vegetables are essential to a healthy diet, so you don’t want to cut back on them. But you can cut back on pesticides. The best option is to choose organic whenever possible. If organic produce is not available, then select the least contaminated foods. Finally, though it only takes care of the outside and not what's on the inside, be sure to wash all produce.

Also of interest...

Would you like to learn how to decipher those little labels on produce? Visit my article on Genetically Modified Foods.

Thanks for visiting. Cheers,



Thanks for visiting and please stop by again. I'll put the coffee on!


Meet Marion Owen /// Learn about PlanTea /// Online Catalog /// Articles, Tips, Recipes /// Get free UpBeet Gardener newsletter /// Read current issue /// Listen to radio show /// Read news and press releases /// More resources and links /// Learn why 'grow organic?' /// View guidelines for retailers /// Read love letters /// Book Marion as a speaker /// Site map /// How to link to us /// Contact us
/// Go to home page

PlanTea: The organic plant food in tea bags. http://www.plantea.com
Copyright 1996 to present: PlanTea, Inc. All Rights Reserved. PO Box 1980, Kodiak, AK 99615-1980 USA
Questions or comments? marion@plantea.com Phone: Toll Free: 1-800-253-6331 (US and Canada); 907-486-2500