Ever since I was a little girl I preferred to eat fruit and vegetables and as you can see on Instgram. I still adore eating a lot fresh living fruits & veggies. I always strive for my food to be organic or biodynamic. Most of the time it is possible but sometimes it isn’t.

The reason I strive is because of the synthetic pesticides that is to be found in conventionally grown food which I don’t like in my body or anywhere else.


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Luckily, when conventionally grown fruits & veggies is the only option, there are choices we can take to make an effort to reduce our pesticide intake. If you know nada about it or simply want a friendly reminder (especially if you want to have kids or have children) I have selected some information about synthetically pesticides in our food and what kind of fruits and vegetables experts advise us to eat and which to avoid (with photo illustrations).

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (US) researches the conventionally grown fruits and veggies that contain the most pesticides, sharing the results with the public through Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen Lists.

EWG’s analysis of tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly 70 percent of samples of 48 types of conventional produce were contaminated with residues of one or more pesticides. USDA researchers found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples they analyzed. The pesticide residues remained on fruits and vegetables even after they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.

Even low levels of pesticide exposure can be harmful to infants, babies and young children, so when possible, parents and caregivers should take steps to lower children’s exposures to pesticides while still feeding them diets rich in healthy fruits and vegetables,” said Dr. Philip Landrigan[i] (known for his many decades of work in protecting children against environmental threats to health.)[ii][iii]

For the Dirty Dozen list, EWG singled out produce with the highest loads of pesticide residues to support consumers in becoming more aware of the choices they have when consuming foods.

 

DIRTY DOZEN

EWG’s 2017 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

*Foods are listed below from worst to best – lower numbers indicate more pesticides.        

 

Strawberries

Apples

Cherries

10 Tomatoes

Spinach

Peaches

Grapes

11 Sweet bell peppers

Nectarines

Pears

Celery

12 Potatoes

By contrast, EWG’s Clean Fifteen™ list of produce least likely to contain pesticide residues includes the list below. Relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods and tests found low total concentrations of pesticide residues on them.

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential no matter how they’re grown, but for the items with the heaviest pesticide loads, we urge shoppers to buy organic,” said Sonya Lunder, a EWG analyst.[iv]

But if an all-organic diet is not an option consumers may start with the Clean Fifteen™ list to reduce their intake of pesticides and expand their (more) clean food consumption.

 

CLEAN FIFTEEN – The Count Down

EWG’s 2017 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

*Foods are listed below from worst to best – lower numbers indicate less pesticides.

15 Grapefruit

12 Honeydew melon

Mangos

Sweet peas frozen

Pineapples

14 Cauliflower

11 Kiwi

Asparagus

5 Onions

Avocados

13 Cantaloupe

10 Eggplant

Papayas

Cabbage

Sweet Corn[v]


Furthermore Lunder said it’s particularly important to reduce young children’s exposures to pesticides. The pesticide industry and chemical agriculture maintain that pesticides on produce are nothing to worry about, but doctors and scientists strongly disagree.

From the surge in sales of organic food year after year, it’s clear that consumers would rather eat fruits and vegetables grown without synthetic pesticides,” said Lunder. “But sometimes an all-organic diet is not an option, so they can use the Shopper’s Guide to choose a mix of conventional and organic produce.[vi]

 

Whishing everyone less synthetic pesticides & good health ?

 

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*Photo credit : EWG. Sources: [i] https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-29241/what-fruits-veggies-have-the-most-pesticides-the-2017-dirty-dozen-list-is-here.html [ii] http://icahn.mssm.edu/profiles/philip-j-landrigan [iii] http://climateforhealth.org/leader/dr-philip-landrigan [iv] https://www.ewg.org/node/322#.WlYHJSEsng4 [v] ewg.org https://www.ams.usda.gov/datasets/pdp [vi] https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-29241/what-fruits-veggies-have-the-most-pesticides-the-2017-dirty-dozen-list-is-here.html