My family eats organic food whenever it’s available and affordable... it’s not affordable or available, we find a healthy alternative.
These are the top 3 reasons why my family eats organic fruits & veggies:
1.Conventionally-produced produce is laden with synthetic pesticides (not to mention other dangerous stuff like synthetic herbicides and genetic modifications)
What is a pesticide and what does it do? The World Health Organization (WHO) defines pesticides as “chemicals used in agriculture to protect crops against insects, fungi, weeds and other pests” and claims pesticides “may induce adverse health effects including cancer, effects on reproduction, immune or nervous systems.”
Who wants to eat pesticides? Not me! Not my family!
Even more frightening are recent reports from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) about the prevalence of pesticide residue on produce. This was posted on WebMD:
“The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data found that nearly 70% of samples of 48 types of conventionally-grown produce were contaminated with pesticide residues. The USDA found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide residues on the more than 35,000 produce samples tested. The pesticides remained on fruits and vegetables after washing and, in some cases, peeling. More than 98% of samples of strawberries, spinach, peaches, nectarines, cherries, and apples tested positive for residue of at least one pesticide. A single sample of strawberries showed 20 different pesticides.”
20 different pesticides on one sample of conventional fruit? That’s 20 reasons why I only buy organic strawberries.
2.I don’t want to risk my family’s health (short-term and long-term)
According to the WHO, “Pesticides can be classified as carcinogenic (can cause cancer), neurotoxic (can cause damage to the brain), or teratogenic (can cause damage to a fetus).”
Cancer-causing, brain damage-inducing, and dangerous to the health of the unborn… the evidence is clear, pesticides and humans don’t mix at any stage of life. Period.
But, if you need more convincing…
In his book AntiCancer, author David Servan-Schreiber summarized a clinical study where over 20 children had their urine tested after eating conventional fruits/vegetables for several days. Their urine samples showed evidence of pesticides. After eating organic foods for several days, their urine samples were clear of pesticides. When they started eating conventional produce again, their urine revealed the return of pesticides.
If you're eating conventional produce and collecting pesticides in your body, this study shows that making the switch to organic has measurable results.
3. Some of my favorite fruits and veggies are only safe enough for my family when they’re organic
According to the EWG, in 2017 these conventional fruits/vegetables had the most pesticide residue: strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, grapes, celery, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, and potatoes.
For more details, check out: EWG's 2017 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce http://bit.ly/2r4imSQ
Given this scientific evidence, I’m not willing to jeopardize my family’s health by buying conventional produce at the supermarket to save a few dollars or complete a recipe.
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 World Health Organization. Retrieved in June 2017 from http://www.who.int/features/qa/87/en/
 Web MD. Retrieved in June 2017 from http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20170309/ewg-dirty-dozen-pesticides
 World Health Organization. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/features/qa/87/en/
 Lu, C., K. Toepel, R. Irish, et al., “Organic Diets Significantly Lower Children’s Dietary Exposure to Organophosphorus Pesticides,” Environmental Health Perspectives 114, no. 2 (2006): 260-263. Also see www.anticancerbook.com
 Environmental Working Group. Retrieved in June 2017 from https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php
Dr. Michelle Wendt, L.Ac., DACM
Dr. Michelle Wendt, L.Ac., DACM practices Oriental & Chinese Medicine in Hawaii and Texas.