I’m beginning to see these parallel lists as odious. Or should I say tiered lists … organic for the privileged, conventional for everyone else.
Here’s Dr. Weil steering us away from conventionally raised fruits and vegetables. Actually, he’s more forthright than that, he says we shouldn’t buy them:
Are You Eating the Dirty Dozen?
Certain foods that are not organically grown may have more pesticide residue than others. Called the “Dirty Dozen,” find out what vegetables and fruits they are – and avoid buying them when conventionally grown.
Eating fresh produce is the best way to obtain the nutrients that support optimum health, but the pesticides used on many crops remain a major health concern. By choosing organic foods, you can reap the health benefits of fruits and vegetables without exposing yourself and your family to potentially harmful chemicals. Pesticides present real health risks, particularly to children and those with health concerns. The toxicity most commonly associated with pesticides in animal studies include disruptions in the normal functioning of the nervous and endocrine systems, as well as increased risks of cancer.
As part of my support of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and their recently updated Shopper’s Guide, I am presenting the newest “Dirty Dozen” list – produce you should buy only in organically grown form. According to EWG, common growing practices make the crops listed below the most likely to contain higher pesticide residues:
Sweet bell peppers
Snap peas (imported)
Plus these which may contain organophosphate insecticides, which EWG characterizes as “highly toxic” and of special concern:
What do people do when they can’t buy organic? Dr. Weil says we shouldn’t buy conventional. But what’s the alternative? Really … what do we buy instead? Dr. Weil? There are people who absolutely have no choice, people who receive their meals from care homes, schools, hospitals, prisons, or other institutions. There are free-living people who also don’t have a choice, people who live where organic foods aren’t sold, people who can’t afford the price differential, people who lack transportation.
As I have discovered, bread made from conventionally grown wheat can have more pesticide residues in it than washed produce. So can mustard. And what happens when we feed our livestock GMO corn and soy that has been heavily sprayed? Do the chemicals not deposit themselves in the flesh of the animal? As I’ve discovered, they do. It’s not just fresh produce we need to be concerned about, it’s all food.
I know I’m being idealistic saying this, but, here goes … We need to stop creating these niche organic markets (Just how organic is “organic” anyway? Organic Food Is Grown With Manure From Factory Farms, Synthetic Pesticides) We need to get these chemicals out of all food, everone’s food.