Dirty Veggies!

Katherine - posted on 06/20/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Kale & Collard Greens: These were also added to the Dirty Dozen list, making it the Dirty Dozen Plus ... for the same reason as green beans.

Apples: Experts have long suggested these should be purchased from organic growers, so you'd think apple growers would be trying to fight off the challenge, right? Wrong. The new report claims 98 percent of conventional apples have detectable levels of pesticides.

Nectarines: There wasn't a single nectarine in the sample pile that didn't have some kind of pesticide residue.

Lettuce: Mmm, want some pesticide with your salad? The report claims there were 78 different pesticides on lettuce samples.

Blueberries: The report shows domestic blueberries were positive for 42 different pesticide residues. Eww!

Grapes: They may be tiny, but grape samples came in with a whopping 64 different kinds of chemicals.

Celery: On a single sample, the EWG says there were 13 different pesticides.

Strawberries: The same thing that happened with a single sample of celery occurred when researchers checked a single strawberry sample: 13 different pesticides.

That's just a smattering of the list -- you can check the EWG for their new "Dirty Dozen Plus" if you want to know what they recommend buying from the organic shelves -- but I have to say the fact that these pesticides continue to show up scares me more than the chemicals themselves! It means that the companies don't really care what we shoppers have to say.

Don't we live in a consumer-driven society? Shouldn't growers be listening to our demands for healthy food?

What do you think of the findings of this report? Will it change the way you shop for fruits and vegetables?

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Brittney - posted on 06/20/2012

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I grow my own cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, peppers, apples, cherries, peaches, and green beans. Last year we had broccoli and cauliflower too. I do not buy organic and most of the time I don't even wash the fruits/veggies unless there is obvious dirt on them. I guess I'm just not used to supermarket food.

September - posted on 06/20/2012

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We do eat local organic fruits and vegetable. It is a bit pricier but I can't get over the fact that we'd be eating more pesticides than nutrition when eating non-organic. Although famers markets are pretty reasonable where we live. We were not always this way but once we conceived our son things completely changed. We also eat from my MIL's organic garden in the summer since she always has way more than she can eat. One day I hope to have my own garden when we have a bigger yard for it.

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Any country that has allowed chemical use on farmland will be in the same situation. (I am not personally aware of any that haven't) If there are, the produce would be sky high in price and out of my budget.

Organic seems to be a label that can be put on something so that the retailer can charge double of what leaving the label off allows. The label really doesn't mean anything.

Oh, and as far as changing the way I shop for fruits and veggies, no. I don't see any other alternative for getting them. We can't even grow decent corn because we don't have enough heat units. I will grow what I can in the garden and buy the rest off the shelf and just go from there.

Is that a bad attitude??

Corinne - posted on 06/20/2012

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I'm in U.K and I suspect we will have the same kind of problems soil wise. Sucks big hairy dog eggs.

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I'm in Alberta, Canada. I suspect the situation is the same here as there where chemicals are concerned.

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Not sure where you are from, but where I live, the chemical is in the air. I don't believe that even my garden is totally chemical free. I know that alot of the chemical is also in the soil. There are some studies that suggest that because of the chemicals that we (farmers) use, the veggies are lacking in critical vitamins and minerals as opposed to 50 years ago.

I do have a garden, I have only put in potatoes and carrots. Our soil has a disease so that our peas grow nicely, form nicely and when you open them the peas are moldy ( white fuzzy). I grow tomatoes and peppers in pots as well as lettuce. I do not believe that any are chemical free in my garden, even though I don't use chemical myself.

We also have organic grower friends and they have had their produce tested and it is not chemical free either. It may not be a situation where the organic farmer doesn't care, but rather that his hands are tied.

Corinne - posted on 06/20/2012

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OOoooo yum! I shoulda put pumpkins in, delicious and handy for carving at Halloween. Maybe next time...

Katherine - posted on 06/20/2012

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I'm sure it will be Corinne! The only thing we planted were pumpkins :D

Corinne - posted on 06/20/2012

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I can't afford organic and the only farmers market I know of around here is in the butt end of nowhere and I don't drive. We've planted our veg patch for this year, first timers so we'll see how it goes. Got carrots, parsnips, aubergine (eggplant), broccoli, toms and leeks in the ground, and peas in hanging baskets. Fingers, legs and eyes crossed that some of it is edible!

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Nope, Organic is WAY too over priced. There is no way I'm paying over double for organic. What I'd like is to have my own garden, but that is difficult in a tiny apartment.

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