How Clean Are Your Veggies?

If the government said that the water from the Potomac River was safe to drink, would you do it? Of course you wouldn’t. Why then do people just assume that because the government said something is “safe” to consume, it is?

The Washington Post tells us this morning that lobbyists from the produce industry feel that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual report on pesticide levels in fruits and vegetables scares people away unnecessarily. Here’s a statement from Kathy Means, a vice president at the Produce Marketing Association:

“There are some organizations with agendas that do want to scare people away from fresh produce. We don’t want anyone eating unsafe foods, of course. But for those products that are grown legally and the science says [the pesticide] is safe, we don’t want people turning away.”

The science says the pesticide is safe? Are you joking?

Ok. Sure. Pollutants and chemicals are everywhere, but I’m sorry, you can’t tell me that it’s just fear-mongering giving people options to buy fruits and vegetables that are free of pesticides, even if the “dirty” produce only contain trace amounts of pesticides. When you put together a little pesticide here, a little radiation there, a dab of lead paint here, a skoch of asbestos there, you end up with, well, me — a cancer patient. 

Let’s all make smart choices. Pay attention to what you are being exposed to. I’ll help you out. Here are the lists of dirty and clean produce:

The Dirty Dozen (Buy organic to ensure you don’t consume the pesticides.)

  • peaches
  • apples
  • bell peppers
  • celery
  • nectarine
  • strawberries
  • cherries
  • kale
  • lettuce
  • imported grapes
  • carrots
  • pears

The Clean Fifteen (Don’t have to buy organic.)

  • onion
  • avocado
  • sweet corn
  • pineapple
  • mango
  • asparagus
  • sweet peas
  • kiwi
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • papaya
  • watermelon
  • broccoli
  • tomato
  • sweet potato
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