When Should You Buy Organic?
You might wonder if the nutrients in organic food are higher than those in non-organic food. We assume they are higher. Especially since they cost more to buy. But, it is not always the case.
Dirty Dozen And Clean 15
All fruits and vegetables are good but Some Are Better Than Others.
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What is EWG?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) have generously provided us with this excellent shopping guide. EWG studied 46 conventionally grown fruits and vegetables over a ten year period and have listed the ones with the most pesticide contaminants and those with the least amount of pesticides.Their so-called “Dirty Dozen” have the most contaminants <–See MIMI holding her shopping guide. The clean fifteen has the least contaminants in both organic and conventional produce.
It all began 4,500 years ago in Ancient Mesapotania, where the first known (organic) pesticide was elemental sulfur dusting. In 1959, the dominant arsenic spray used to preserve the orange groves in Florida was on the decline as organic sprays were emerging again. We are still left with residual arsenic in the soil including other synthetic pesticides that are still being used.
NEW Methods since 2017
We are really talking about are pesticides. Do we spray our produce with poisonous chemicals or not? Electrostatic Sprayer with a specific lower diffuser (named Gib-Dor) are designed to combat the Brown Spot on these pear trees. Florescent spraying (since 2017) is in the experimental stages. Electrostatic charge sprayer generate saving to the farmers. Yet, according to the SBS News: The National Farmers’ Federation has defended the continued use of a British-made herbicide that’s allegedly been behind thousands of deaths overseas. Don’t forget crop spraying drones.
KING SPUD The Mighty Potato
White potatoes have such a high amount of pesticides that the potato farmer will not eat them but have a separate potato patch for their family consumption. The interesting Michael Pollan film “Botany of Desire” (available on YouTube) explains this in length.
THE JOY OF A FRESH TOMATO
BY examine the tomato, food chemists at the University of California have found that organically grown tomatoes have significantly higher amounts of vitamin C than their non organic counterparts.
My favorite tomato is called the Kumato (green/purple) tomato from Spain. I really like the taste. It reminds me of tomatoes when I was a kid. Kumatoes are not genetically modified but a cross breeding of tomatoes and can be grown hydroponically.
BELL PEPPERS ARE EQUAL in VITAMIN C
For Both Organic and Non-Organic Foods ~ But wait, there’s more….
Sweet bell pepper are very tasty. But peppers, like all vegetables, must adhere to scrutinous washing. The amount of vitamin C is about the same for both organic and non-organic peppers. Non-organic bell peppers are sprayed many times during its growth cycle. We are looking at 49 possible carcinogens, nine suspected hormone disruptors and nine neurotoxins. How much gets into our system? Ans. “All of it!” As you may guess peppers are found on the “DIRTY DOZEN” list.
Pediatricians 👩⚕️ Don’t All Agree 👨⚕️
A new report claims that organic food does not have “any meaningful nutritional benefits or deficits.” Conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the report recommends that pediatricians take the findings of the report into account when giving nutritional advice to parents. from www.naturallySavvy.com
A study showed that on average organic produce had 27% more vitamin C, 21% more iron, 27% more magnesium and more than 13% more phosphorous than conventional produce. These facts can be referenced in Dr. John La Puma’s book “Chef MD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine“.
Organic chart provided by ecochildsplay.com
RATE YOUR PLATE (Using EWG Guidelines)
What is GMO?
GMO ( genetically modified organism) produce; using genetic engineering techniques were designed build a better tomato and thwart pests. GMO tomatoes are not labeled in your grocery store and may have unknown allergens.