Aug 17, 2010

why care?

I have had many conversations with people about food and pesticides over the years. I choose to eat local and organic whenever possible and many people ask me, "does it really matter?". The answer is yes, it does. Especially when it comes to certain foods.
-USDA pesticide residue testing finds 70.3 percent of samples contaminated with one or more pesticides. This is 35 times the rate of pollution commonly reported by agribusiness and pesticide interests. Scientists found a mixture of between 5 and 13 different pesticide residues tainting one of every 10 samples (10.4%) of fruit or vegetable analyzed in a recent study.
-The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has detected pesticides in blood and urine samples from nearly 96 percent of more than 5,000 Americans tested in the agency’s national biomonitoring program (CDC 2009). More than fifty percent of Americans tested carry in their bodies 10 or more fruit and vegetable pesticides and pesticide metabolites on any given day.

 Why should we care about pesticides in our food?

As acknowledged by U.S. and international government agencies, different pesticides have been linked to a variety of health problems, including:
  • Nervous system toxicity
  • Cancer
  • Hormone system effects
  • Skin, eye and lung irritation
  Here is a downloadable PDF that you can print out and keep with you when grocery shopping to remind you what foods are best bought organic. It matters what you eat!

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