Organic Produce – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

What's the deal with organic food? It seems to be everywhere these days, right? Actually, its always been around. I was eating organic food in 1980 because my mom had a friend that owned a health food store in North Miami Beach. Although many people think it is a new trend in food, organic farming has been practiced since the invention of farming about 12,000 years ago. Organic produce is grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, free from human or industrial waste, can not be genetically modified and processed with irradiation. Organic food has fewer pesticides, fewer nitrates from fertilizers, is superior for our health and the health of the environment, especially our soil. The first list of produce below has the highest contamination from pesticides. These are specific foods that you should definitely get organic. If you can't afford organic food all the time, or when you are traveling and don't have much of a choice, the second list of produce has the least amounts of pesticides and are relatively safer choices.

What’s wrong with pesticides on your food?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
60 percent of herbicides , 90 percent of fungicides , 30 percent of insecticides are known to be carcinogenic (cancer causing).

According to the EPA’s website, studies show that pesticides can cause:

Birth defects

Nerve damage

Cancer

Blocking the absorption of important nutrients necessary for normal healthy growth in children

Other long-term effects

Also, toxins are stored in fat. So the more chemical toxins you eat, the more body fat you will accumulate. This is also why its important to not eat the fat from meat that is conventionally raised. However, if the meat is grass fed, then you SHOULD eat the fat.


Most contaminated:

Peaches
Apples
Sweet Bell Peppers
Celery
Nectarines
Strawberries
Cherries
Lettuce
Grapes – Imported*
Pears
Spinach
Potatoes
Carrots
Green Beans

Least contaminated:

Sweet Potatoes
Watermelon
Blueberries
Papaya
Eggplant
Broccoli
Cabbage
Bananas
Kiwi
Asparagus
Sweet Peas-Frozen
Mango
Pineapples
Avocado
Onions

*Since many countries are using pesticides that have been banned in the US,
I personally do not eat any produce that has been imported, unless it is certified organic. Since I go to the green market often, I don’t find much of a need for imported produce.

The bottom line is that organic food is superior for our health and this planet. I suggest you eat organic whenever possible.

If your local stores do not carry organic food produce, grass fed meats & pastured eggs, I suggest you ask the manager if they can start carrying some.

You can also seek out local green markets, CSA (community supported agriculture) or local Weston A Price groups and have access to the freshest food possible while supporting your local economy and small family run farms.

You can also grow your own fruits, veggies and herbs in your own garden. Even in NYC where gardens are few and far between, rooftop and small local gardens can be found because more and more people
are aware of the importance of organic food.

I will post a very important blog on how the US government is now trying to radically change laws that will force small family farms out of business so that large scale industrial agriculture will dominate food production in this country.

When Americans can tear themselves away from the A-rod, Britney and Brangelina dramas, they might actually see that the US is currently experiencing a civil rights crisis and our health and freedom is at stake.

Talk soon
Antonio

PS – If you want a much more comprehensive list and want to check out one of my all time favorite websites which I use to gather some of my data, go to Environmental Working Group

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