Category Archives: Food

Balancing your health while balancing your budget

Organic fruits and vegetables usually cost more than those that are conventionally grown and handled. At current levels of production, economies of scale are difficult to achieve and most people simply cannot afford to buy all organic food. Here is some important information, taken from Natural News, that will help in making the right food choices when you shop.

The dirty dozen

The EWG (environmental working group) cleverly calls the 12 fruits and vegetables listed below the “dirty dozen” due to their high levels of pesticides, when compared to other produce. If possible, purchase the following organic produce.

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Strawberries
4. Peaches
5. Spinach
6. Nectarines
7. Grapes
8. Sweet bell peppers
9. Potatoes
10. Blueberries
11. Lettuce
12. Kale/collard greens

The clean 15

This next group of 15 produce are known by the EWG as the “clean 15”. They are the lowest in toxic pesticides, so if you’re going to buy non-organic produce, these would be the ones to buy.

1. Onions
2. Sweet corn
3. Pineapples
4. Avocado
5. Asparagus
6. Sweet peas
7. Mangoes
8. Eggplant
9. Cantaloupe
10. Kiwi
11. Cabbage
12. Watermelon
13. Sweet potatoes
14. Grapefruit
15. Mushrooms

Consuming foods from the clean 15 will lower your pesticide exposure a whopping 92% when compared with the dirty dozen. By choosing five fruits and vegetables a day from the clean 15 list you’ll consume fewer than two pesticides per day, whereas consuming five fruits and vegetables a day from the dirty dozen will cause you to ingest as many as 14 different pesticides every day.

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Is it really organic? Can Whole Foods be trusted?

This investigative report raises considerable doubt. Much of what Whole Foods markets sell is imported from China. It may be labeled “organic,” but there is no reliable assurance that it really is. You decide, but be sure to read the labels on each package. At least we can still count on labeling to be correct. Or can we??

Maine town declares “food sovereignty”

At a recent town hall meeting, residents of the town of Sedgwick, Maine, unanimously supported an ordinance that pushes back against state and federal regulations that promote the corporate food system and encumber small-scale local farming. Read about it here.

A serious message from the bees?

Bees do a lot more than provide us with a sweet treat. Most of our food supply depends on bees for pollination, yet we are inadvertently killing them. Colony collapse has become a major threat to our food supply. Monoculture and widespread use of pesticides are probably not sustainable. Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?,  is a new award-winning film that tells this important story. Watch the trailer.

Avoid farmed salmon

I am very fond of salmon and eat it often, however I avoid buying farmed salmon. Why? There are many reasons, including all of the usual problems associated with monoculture. This video begins to explain it.

Small farmers about to become extinct under pending legislation

The agribusiness juggernaut marches on as its minions in Congress push through new legislation to disable small farmers and put all food production into the hands of corporate behemoths. Watch this 3 minute video. – t.h.g.