Friday, March 14, 2008

Importance of Buying Organic

Something to think about next time you spring for $7 on strawberries. It is important!

Just came across list of most contaminated food products.
Meat: beef, poultry, pork have higher residual levels of pesticides than any plant food. Chemicals accumulate in the animal's fatty tissue and go straight to the dinner table.
Milk, butter & cheese: Pesticides are concentrated in milk. In addition, growth hormones and antibiotics are also found in NON-organic milk, butter & cheese.
Strawberries, raspberries, cherries. Strawberries receive the most pesticides of any crop grown in America. 36 pesticides are applied to strawberries and 90% of berries have pesticide contamination above levels considered safe. Raspberries and cherries don't rate much better.
Apples and pears: FDA found 36 chemicals in apples. Half are neurotoxins which cause brain damage.
Tomatoes: tomato's thin skin allows the more than 30 pesticides used on conventionally grown crops to seep through the entire tomato
Coffee. Pesticides that are so dangerous they're not allowed to be used in this country are shipped overseas where they're used on crops and shipped back in our foods. Coffee is one of the worst.
Celery: 94% of celery was found to have dangerous levels of pesticides.
Red/Green bell peppers. Bell peppers, doused with 39 pesticides also have high levels of chemical residues, In addition, peppers are often coated with unhealthy wax.
Grapes: 35 different chemicals sprayed on grapes are shwered on several times during their growth. Found 86% of grapes were contaminated with pesticides. Those from Chile are the worst.
Peaches/Nectarines Pesticides soak deep into the fruit.95% peaches & 97% nectarines tested were contaminated from the 45 pesticides used in conventional orchards.

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