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Thursday, 25 June 2009

Having a bit of Thiabendazole with that apple?

Probably, Thiabendazole residue, a probable carcinogen, is found 87.9% of the time on non organic apples as determined by the USDA. The neurotoxin Azinphos methyl is found 31.8% of the time. Yummmmmm........ And you can't count on washing to remove these contaminants.

If you suspect that contamination somehow magically disappears during processing, check out peanut butter, Piperonyl butoxide, a suspected carcinogen and hormone disruptor, is found 26.9% of the time.

How about your cranberry juice? Chlorothalonil, a known carcinogen, is found in cranberries 56% of the time

DCPA, a suspected hormone disruptor, is found in Broccoli 50.3% of the time.

Boscalid a suspected carcinogen is found 64.8% of the time in cherries.

DDE p,p' a known carcinogen is found in Kale 41.7% of the time.

I could go on all day but the point is clear. Go Organic! for your own health and the health of the planet.

Find out what dangerous chemicals are on your produce over at What's on My Food a project of the Pesticide Action Network.

Thanks to the Organic Consumers Association for the heads up on this and for these factoids;

  • The average child gets 5+ servings of pesticides in their food and water each day.
  • The pesticide Atrazine is so toxic it is banned in Europe, but it is used so widely in the U.S., that it is found in 71% of the U.S. drinking water.
  • Currently, over 400 pesticides can be legally used in the U.S. For example, apples can be sprayed up to 16 times with 36 different pesticides. None of these chemicals are present in organic foods.
  • According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, organophosphate pesticides (OP) are now found in the blood of 95% of Americans tested, and the levels are twice as high in blood samples taken from children. Exposure to OPs is linked to hyperactivity, behavior disorders, learning disabilities, developmental delays and motor dysfunction.


Kate@LivingTheFrugalLife said...

Or better yet, grow your own. You never quite know for sure if the point of sale vendor has simply swapped out conventional produce for organic if they happen to run out.

There are no synthetic chemicals on my apples, kale, or potatoes. Nor any of my other garden produce. It's a reassuring feeling to read posts such as these and come close to dismissing the issue entirely, because it hardly applies to me. I KNOW where my produce comes from.

My store-bought peanut butter is organic though.

C Robb said...

Thanks for the comment,
Absolutely, grow your own to whatever extent you can! But there will inevitably be those items we purchase. I will choose organic over local, organic local over just organic, local over imported as produce that travels gets far more pesticide application than local produce.