It is just the norm now to walk into the grocery store and expect our food to be covered with something. Grapes are among the top pesticide containing foods. They have been on the Dirty Dozen list for years!
Because grapes, apples, strawberries, spinach, and kale are so popular, they are finding ways to mass produce them and they are making them resilient by spraying them with poison.
We can't be ok with this! Our food contains neurotoxic pesticides that can harm the brain of a developing fetus and pesticides that are classified as probable human carcinogens. (A carcinogen is a substance that causes cancer).
A recent study actually found a surprising association between the consumption of foods high in pesticide residue and fertility problems in the participants. (Source)
The Dirty Dozen list is a helpful guide of the top 12 fruits and veggies that contain the most pesticides. If you want to start somewhere, these are the foods you should try to purchase in the Organic section of the store if it is possible with your budget.
The Clean Fifteen is a list of the fruits and veggies that contain the least amount of pesticides, so these would be fine to purchase from the conventional list if Organic isn't in your budget!
- Sweet corn
- Frozen sweet peas
- Honeydew melons
What is your system for washing produce? Do you do it right when you get home? Right before you use it?