As you might be able to tell by this second in a row post on news from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), I am on their email list.
The EWG has just released their updated report called EWG’s 2011 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. If you think that eating poison that was manufactured by chemical companies (DOW, Bayer, Monsanto, DuPont) for the express purpose of killing bugs (think RAID), is perfectly OK for your family, then save your time and do not read on. If you don’t trust large companies or the government when they tell you that eating THESE poisons is perfectly safe, then this report is for you.
What I really like about the EWG reports is that they tell you what is bad, but they also tell you what is good. So you can choose cheaper non-organic vegetables that are not covered in poison, or which are pealed so that nothing bad gets through (think Avocados, Onions, and Sweet Corn). And if you want Apples (the worst for pesticides), Strawberries, or Spinach you know you should choose organic if you can.
One key thing to remember is that any vegetable is better than no vegetable. Non-organic Spinach is better for you and your kids than french fries. Non-organic Apples are better than Gummy Bears. So remember to keep things in perspective.
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