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Pesticide Precaution

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by Garrick  Dee Tan

Pesticide has been a tool used by farmers to fight pesticide infestation in their crops, the question is how safe are these chemicals sprayed? A lot of debate has been going back and forth on this issue with one side saying that there is little scientific evidence that pesticides do harm to people and the other side saying that it is toxic both to people and the environment.

Some even go as far as saying that organic items are fraud since it is more expensive but have very little additional nutritional benefits compared to conventional but in a study done by Professor Carlo Leifert of Newcastle University, they found out that organic vegetables and fruit have as much as 60% more antioxidants compared to conventionally grown ones.

Take note that when you buy organic, look for the label “100% organic” or “GMO free” to be sure that you’ll getting something that does not have any pesticide or genetically modified ingredients.

But organic is more expensive how do I know which one to buy organic and which one to go conventional?

The Environmental Working Group annually has published the so-called “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” that are rankings of fruits and vegetables that have the most and least amount of pesticide residue respectively. This is an invaluable tool to use when figuring out which items to buy organic. Me personally, when it comes to the dirty dozen, I often look for organic even though they are more expensive I have peace of mind that it is free from pesticides. I also get more nutrients per ounce of produce I buy.

The dangers of pesticides should not be ignored

According to Dr. Mercola, all pesticides used in the United States have one common ingredient organophosphates, was used as a nerve gas in the Second World War. The toxicity level of this chemical is so high that it will still affect our nervous system even when exposed at low levels.

The most vulnerable people to pesticide exposure are children because their internal organs are still developing, their system does not digest the food they eat as well as adults and their immune system can’t fully protect them just yet.

Pregnant women should also avoid pesticide exposure. In a study done by CHAMACOS to women who live Salinas Valley in California which is a large agricultural land where half a billion pounds of pesticides are sprayed every year. Years later they found out that children of these women exposed have lower IQ, poor cognitive function and have shorter attention spans.

While skeptics of the dirty dozen only pigeon hole themselves with just the residue on produce, the bigger issue here I think is exposure to the environment. Everywhere we go we are bombarded with pesticides, from the ones we use at home to kill bugs and insects, to airplanes spraying pesticides on farm lands, to pesticides seeping into storm drains.

 

About the Author

JuicingwithGGarrick is the owner of Juicing with G where he shares recipes and experiences in his juicing journey to his readers that’ll hopefully inspire them to get fit and eat healthy through juicing and changing their lifestyle.

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