Pesticide-free food- Why?
Had any yummy pesticides lately? Don’t you imagine future generations might someday look back on our civilization and wonder why we sprayed poison on our food and then ate it?
Demand for organic, pesticide-free food is increasing rapidly – and for good reason! Pesticides are designed to kill living organisms and are therefore a threat to human health. The National Cancer Institute states that 30% of insecticides, 60% of herbicides and 90% of fungicides are known to cause cancer. And that’s just one negative side effect. These chemicals can also lead to damage of both the nervous and hormonal systems.
Children are even more vulnerable than adults to the dangers of agricultural toxins. After all, kids consume a higher percentage in relation to their size. According to a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, children fed conventional supermarket produce had six to nine times higher levels of pesticides in their blood than those fed pesticide-free foods. Dangerous level that could be avoided by switching to foods without pesticides.
You may have asked “are organic foods pesticide-free?” or “is organic worth buying?” Yes, Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without the use of artificial fertilizers, chemical toxins and genetically modified organisms. They are foods without pesticides. Not only is pesticide-free food safer, but it’s also more nutritious because of higher vitamin and mineral concentrations. That means you get more for your money. And, (this is the part you and your family will especially appreciate), organic fruits and vegetables usually taste better than commercially grown varieties.
Some commercially raised fruits and vegetables have been found by the Environmental Working Group to contain particularly high levels of chemical residues. So, at the very least, do your best to buy pesticide-free food such as apples, apricots, cherries, grapes, peaches and strawberries, as well as bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, green beans and spinach. These tend to be the foods highest in pesticides.
It makes both good health and good financial sense to buy organic, pesticide-free food whenever possible. This not only includes pesticide -free produce, but also meat, fish, poultry and dairy products. All animal foods are best raised free-ranging, organically fed and free from hormones.
Because of consumer demand, many supermarkets now carry a few organic pesticide-free foods. You can also often find pesticide-free food like fruits and gegetables, and sometimes even organically raised meat, poultry or dairy, at good prices from local farmers or through community food co-ops. Ask around. And, if you can’t find a co-op, consider starting one. Everybody deserves to have the option of comsuming food without pesticides.
Who knows, in years to come, future generations may look back at those who choose pesticide-free food and say, “Well, there were at least SOME smart people back then!” Maybe by then everbody will be cosumers of pesticide-free food and live healthier, happier lives.