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The reason farmers use pesticides on their crops is that they are more likely to have a good harvest if they can fight off bugs and weeds. But research shows that excessive pesticide exposure can adversely affect your health. We don't know how much exposure is a risk, but we do know enough to try to keep contact as minimal as possible.

Choose organic whenever possible. Organic produce is certified by USDA to be grown with natural pesticides and emphasizes renewable resources avoiding most synthetic materials, such as pesticides and antibiotics. Retailers are catching on that consumers are looking for organic products with reasonable price tags. Many retailers offer weekly specials on organic items. Whenever possible, buy organic for your sake as well as your children's. For more information, visit www.foodnews.org as well as epa.gov and ewg.org.

 

Organic or local Is It Better to Buy Local or Organic?

Many of us often wonder: is better to support local farmers at the farmer’s market who are not certified organic, or is it better to buy certified organic ...
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Did you know? - Pesticides, specifically neonics used in conventional agriculture have been linked to CCD-Colony Collapse Disorder which is killing massive amounts of bees worldwide. This is a huge concern because bees pollinate 1 in 3 bites of food we eat. Read More

 

Do you know about the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen? The Dirty Dozen are 12 foods that may have the highest levels of pesticide residue. If you eat these foods daily, it may be prudent to buy organic or wash produce thoroughly and peel when possible. The Clean 15 have the lowest pesticide residue levels. These are fruits and veggies that can be fine to wash thoroughly and then eat in the conventionally grown form.

Washing will not remove 100 percent of the pesticide, but it will help. You can use a homemade spray to clean produce. Combine 1 cup white vinegar with 3 cups warm water. Spray mixture on produce, scrub gently with a vegetable brush, and rinse.

Fruits and Vegetables

DIRTY DOZEN - These foods contain higher concentrations of pesticide residue relative to other produce.

Apples Celery Sweet Bell Peppers Peaches Strawberries Nectarines
Grapes Spinach Lettuce Cucumbers
Blueberries (domestic)
Potatoes

**May contain pesticide residues of special concern - *Green beans (imported) and *Kale/greens

CLEAN FIFTEEN - Relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods. These items are least likely to hold pesticide residue.

Onions Avacados Corn Pineapples Mangoes
Asparagus Peas Kiwi Eggplant Cantaloupe
Cabbage Watermelon Sweet potatoes/ yams Grapefruit Mushrooms
         
"BABY" Carrots - The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots - most people probably know this already. What you may not know and should know is the following: Once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots they are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them. (this is the same chlorine used in your pool). Since they do not have their skin or natural protective covering, they give them a higher dose of chlorine. You will notice that once you keep these carrots in your refrigerator for a few days, a white covering will form on the carrots. This is the chlorine which resurfaces. Chlorine is a very well-known carcinogen, which causes Cancer.
 
Health Benefits of Just One Celery Stalk - Celery is a great choice if you are watching your weight. One large stalk contains only 10 calories! Read more
 
 
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Apple cider vinegar can be used for everything from fighting allergies, treating acne, facial toner, to cleaning glass!
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Vermont CheeseCHEESE, CHEESE, WONDERFUL VERMONT CHEESE - Wisconsin may be America's Dairyland, but Vermont is quite strong in the name of cheese. Witness the Vermont Cheese Trail (vtcheese.com), which includes 38 cheese makers throughout the state.
 
 
 
coffee groundsCOFFEE GROUNDS -Don't throw them away or wash them down the sink! There are many uses for your leftover coffee grounds. Read more...
 
 
 
 
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GARLIC- There's so much more to garlic than cooking and vampire slaying. From treating cold sores and athlete's foot to repelling mosquitoes and repairing click through for some clever ways to use garlic.

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Tips Sustainable Seafoodto Consider When Buying Sustainable Seafood - It's a common question:  Should I be eating seafood?  Is it healthy?  Is it sustainable?  Unsurprisingly, people have many different opinions.  Read More....

 

 

Rethink the Water You Drink:  Americans consume over 30 billion bottles of water annually! About 80 percent of those bottles end up in landfills, on roadways, and in the ocean!  Do you know the number of times bottled water purchased weekly could circle the earth?  5!!