2/24/2010

Want Pesticides with that ??


When I (rarely) buy non-organic fruits and veggies, I'm never sure if I eat DDT or other chemical goodie ... How to know which produce is safe when not organic ...??? The average Canadian will eat about one pound of pesticide-fungicide each year!!! 'Don't know about you but, I don't feel to happy about that ... That's why I go organic when possible.

If it's not organic, I need to know what I`m feeding my kid with ... Thank god for the Environmental Working Group who created the Guide to Pesticides:

Here`s the highlight of that handy guide.




 

RANKFRUIT OR VEGGIESCORE
1 (worst)Peach100 (highest pesticide load)
2Apple93
3Sweet Bell Pepper83
4Celery82
5Nectarine81
6Strawberries80
7Cherries73
8Kale69
9Lettuce67
10Grapes - Imported66
11Carrot63
12Pear63
13Collard Greens60
14Spinach58
15Potato56
16Green Beans53
17Summer Squash53
18Pepper51
19Cucumber50
20Raspberries46
21Grapes - Domestic44
22Plum44
23Orange44
24Cauliflower39
25Tangerine37
26Mushrooms36
27Banana34
28Winter Squash34
29Cantaloupe33
30Cranberries33
31Honeydew Melon30
32Grapefruit29
33Sweet Potato29
34Tomato29
35Broccoli28
36Watermelon26
37Papaya20
38Eggplant20
39Cabbage17
40Kiwi13
41Sweet Peas - Frozen10
42Asparagus10
43Mango9
44Pineapple7
45Sweet Corn - Frozen2
46Avocado1
47 (best)Onion1 (lowest pesticide load)

 

Note: They ranked a total of 47 different fruits and vegetables but grapes are listed twice because they looked at both domestic and imported samples.

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