I have posted entries before about the joyous rewards of tending your own vegetable garden. Well, I have to make a confession. I do love the “joyous rewards” but I am really not a fan of everything in between. Continue reading
This is the time of year when fresh fruits and vegetables abound. Farmers markets are full of locally grown produce.
Where I live, here in Prince Edward County, there are also many small farm operations that specialize in organic produce. We are not unique, though. Organic farming has been growing tremendously due in part, I think, to the increasing awareness of the benefits of eating “clean” food.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs:
“The Canadian government implemented regulations for organic products on June 30, 2009. In 2009 there were 716 certified organic farms in Ontario with approximately 115,000 acres of certified cropland. This represents a 50% growth in farm numbers since 1998 and farm acreage growth of 90% over that period. Growth of organic food sales in North America is reported to be 15-20% per year for the past 10 years and has grown from $5 Billion to over $27 billion during that period for North America. During this decade we have also see a growth in the availability and diversity of organic food products.”
Denise did a post in May about “The Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15”. In it, she outlines the fruits and vegetables that are the most and least affected by pesticide contamination. It works as a great guideline for which ones are best purchased organic. Ideally, it would be nice to always buy organic but as Denise pointed out, organic produce is more expensive.
We were pleased to receive a comment on this post from someone who was also interested in this aspect of healthly eating and who had also researched the Dirty Dozen.
His name is Garrick Dee and his blog, Juicing with G, is a step by step guide to juicing. According to his site, his goal is to “educate people on the proper way to juice vegetables and fruits to a more vibrant, healthy and fit lifestyle.” Organic fruits and vegetables are a natural fit.
Garrick has recently published an infographic on his blog which provides everything you need to know about the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 as well how to source organic produce. He was kind enough to share it with us as as well as agreed to provide us with his personal perspective on eating clean. Take it away Garrick!
There is no question that eating lots of fruits and vegetables is a very important factor to a healthy and vibrant life but what if the food you eat has pesticide residue on it that may affect your health negatively. The symptoms of these may not manifest itself in the short term but if you eat a lot then pesticide residue will add up so it is important to wash produce before eating them.
Make no mistake that eating conventionally grown fruits and vegetables is still better than not eating any at all. My point is that you should be aware of the negative effects that pesticides may have on your body and how to minimize your intake.
On elderly people whose immune systems are not what they used to be, pesticide exposure can cause the narrowing of airway passages that could lead to difficulty in breathing, particularly for those suffering from asthma and allergies.
In a perfect world, everybody would be able to afford organic produce but we live in an imperfect world where organics can cost twice more than conventional. The great news for us consumers is we don’t have to buy everything organic, the Environmental Working Group annually releases a list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen that ranks produce according to the amount of pesticide residue.
This year apple and strawberries are the top two so if you or your grandchildren love eating these yummy fruits, better buy them organic. I’ve included some tips on the bottom section of the infographic (make sure to scroll down to see all the great information) where to buy affordable organic produce and what tags to look for so that you’re sure that what you’re buying is 100% organic.