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SUMMER FRUITS ARE HERE... but before you indugle too much, please consider what may be in that piece of fruit!!
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Fruits and veggies are an essential part of a healthy diet, but many CONVENTIALLY GROWN varieties contain pesticide residues.
And not all the pesticides used to kill bugs, grubs, or fungus on the farm washes off under the tap at home. Tests show which fruits and vegetables, prepared typically at home, still have a pesticide residue.
You can eliminate your exposure to pesticides if you buy only CERTIFIED ORGANIC fruit and vegetables
To do so, you need the latest info from the why the Environmental Working Group's "Dirty Dozen" list of foods most likely to have high pesticide residues. Since 1995, the organization has taken the data and identified which type of produce has the most chemicals. Now this study is based on American data - but they use the same farming methods as we do here in Australia.
The best way to avoid pesticide residue on foods is to buy organic produce!!
Here's a closer look at the Dirty Dozen...take note that Peaches, Blueberries, Necatrines, Cherries and Grapes all appear on the list, and are SUMMER favourites.
1. Celery Celery has no protective skin, which makes it almost impossible to wash off the chemicals (64 of them!) that are used on crops. Buy organic celery, or choose alternatives like broccoli, radishes, and onions.
2. Peaches Multiple pesticides (as many as 62 of them) are regularly applied to these delicately skinned fruits in conventional orchards. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include watermelon, tangerines, oranges, and grapefruit.
3. Strawberries If you buy strawberries, especially out of season, they're most likely imported from countries that have less-stringent regulations for pesticide use. 59 pesticides have been detected in residue on strawberries. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include kiwi and pineapples.
4. Apples Like peaches, apples are typically grown with poisons to kill a variety of pests, from fungi to insects. Tests have found 42 different pesticides as residue on apples. Scrubbing and peeling doesn't eliminate chemical residue completely, so it's best to buy organic when it comes to apples. Peeling a fruit or vegetable also strips away many of their beneficial nutrients. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include watermelon, bananas, and tangerines.
5. Blueberries Blueberries are treated with as many as 52 pesticides, making them one of the dirtiest berries on the market.
6. Nectarines With 33 different types of pesticides found on nectarines, they rank up there with apples and peaches among the dirtiest tree fruit.
7. Capsicums Have thin skins that don't offer much of a barrier to pesticides. They're often heavily sprayed with insecticides. Tests have found 49 different pesticides .
8. Spinach Spinach can be laced with as many as 48 different pesticides, making it one of the most contaminated green leafy vegetable.
9. Kale Traditionally, kale is known as a hardier vegetable that rarely suffers from pests and disease, but it was found to have high amounts of pesticide residue when tested this year.
10. Cherries Even locally grown cherries are not necessarily safe. Testing has found 42 different pesticides on cherries.
11. Potatoes A favorite vegetable can be laced with as many as 37 different pesticides.
12. Grapes Vineyards can be sprayed with different pesticides during different growth periods of the grape, and no amount of washing or peeling will eliminate contamination because of the grape's thin skin. Remember, wine is made from grapes, which testing shows can harbor as many as 34 different pesticides.
We have available to us CERTFIED ORGANIC fruits in the following biulk quantities:
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