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May 12th, 2014 | food + gardens
[…] For more info on why BPA is so bad, check out my other post. Also for info on what to buy organic or non-organic check out this site. […]
It’s not just the pesticides that we need to worry about. Almost all corn and soy are genetically modified (GMO) and one of the two is in almost all processed foods. Corn is modified to manufacture its own pesticide internally from a bacteria that used to be used by organic growers who sprayed it ON the plant where it rapidly deteriorated. There is some evidence that this Bt is causing human intestinal flora to mutate. Also, many zucchini and yellow squash as well as HAWAIIAN papayas are genetically modified. If sugar doesn’t say “cane’ sugar, it is almost always from genetically modified beets. Unless dairy products say ‘no rBgh’ they are made with milk from cows given a genetically modified hormone that forces them to their limits to produce milk, especially in cold weather and causes mastitis which in turn makes pus in the milk. Beef, pork, chicken. lamb and other domestic farm animals are fed genetically modified corn and soy, both of which are engineered to withstand increasingly more and more of the herbicide glyphosate [Roundup(R)]. Many farm animals stomachs and intestines are shown in autopsies to be bleeding. Do these foods cause the same in humans? Not yet known for sure. Farm animals are recovering when diet is changed from GMO to conventionally grown.
The ‘okay to eat non-org’ foods listed here are totally wrong! ALL our food should be grown and raised truly organically, using no pesticides, herbicides, or artificial fertilizers. Most livestock (cows, horses, bison, goats, sheep, etc.) should never be feed any soy or corn products, even if they are organic. Those are NOT part of their natural diet and thus seriously hurts them to eat that crap. People, soybeans are not even native to North America. Livestock stomachs cannot breakdown corn or soy. Those give them gas and thus they bloat, making them extremely uncomfortable, thus they are given meds to combat the side effects. Anything sprayed on those crops transfer into their muscle (the meat) and milk. They are free ranging animals, meaning grasses are their natural diet. Many foods grown organically also have pesticides used on them, as the USDA allows some pesticide use. Also, when something is listed as ‘Naturally Grown’, that means absolutely nothing. Yes, organic foods are more expensive because the output quantity is usually lower. People also are far less likely to buy foods that don’t look perfect. We’ve gotten used to the perfect looking, no taste or smell tomato, strawberry, blueberry, etc.. I’d rather have some non-perfect looking foods that fully organic, than anything else. We Americans, and much of the rest of the world, eat far too much and throw away about 25% of the food we buy. Instead of doing this, we should buy less, and buy more often, to make sure our foods are fresh and healthier. Not all locally grown foods are organic either, so beware. I’ve seen plenty of GMO and conventionally grown foods at farmers markets too. Buy local organics when you can, but when you can’t, stick to all organic anyway. It’s better for us, the animals and the planet. No one wants to live in a sterile world.
[…] Food that’s safe to eat! — Waterworks Valley – … but I also want to feed my family safe foods. I grow organic vegetables in the summer and freeze a lot. But fruits and some vegetables I need to buy … according to this website it is OK to eat non-organic asparagus. Nonetheless, if you truly want to minimize the possible […] #40 kenneth … […]
I have bought grape tomatoes from mexico produces by Rancho Lucero and wonder if it is normal or safe to eat it because when I washed my tomatoes it feels very oily and wonder why it feels so oily. can you help with this question. Thankyou
What really peeves me off is where I live their is only 1 little tiny organic store that sells less than half the foods I like to eat. Then you go into a major supermarket like Coles or Woolworths and they also barely stock up on any decent range of organic food, but instead have shelves jam packed full of Illuminati poisons. So much for buying all these raw organic food recipe books when half the ingredients are not found anywhere, when the remainder ingredients are found but full of poison. So basically I am eating the same meal every night. I find some organic broccoli left in the fridge, oh great that’s my meal for the day.
This was very helpful information. Like most people, I am careful of my food budget, but I also want to feed my family safe foods. I grow organic vegetables in the summer and freeze a lot. But fruits and some vegetables I need to buy. And it can be very confusing. I’ve run out of summer squash and I make a Mexican, Southwest dish that I make in a large batch to be used in soups and soft tortillas. It is expensive now and I was wondering if I could safely buy non-organic zucchini. I think I’ll bite the bullet and stick to organic after reading what could be lingering in it. Thank you so much.
Thank you for this information. I still can’t get past the question that keeps repeating in my mind: WHY is it OK to put poisons on food and sell it to us? And, organic is great, if you have access to it and IF you can afford it. It just makes me furious.
Thanks again for the excellent breakdown.
Thank you so much, for this information. I cannot afford organic food so i will stick to the ones that does not absorbed much pesticides. But i will try and buy organic milk. Thanks a million.
Great, comprehensive information all in one place.
Thank you so much fit this!
Hmmm, I’m not convinced how useful this list is. For a start it appears to be US-focussed. In Australia we have different climates and hence different pest problems, as well as different allowable pesticides. Pesticide use will really vary from state to state. Also, it raises concerns about heavy metals in the soil – growing organic is not going to avoid this. Finally, organic allows (though discourages) the use of copper-based sprays, which is quite toxic and a real environmental problem.
Excellent! But remember the other side to the quotient! Conventionally grown food OFTEN if not always is grown with industrial fertilizers that represent only three of 57 minerals found in organically cultivated soil. The soil is dead dead dead and all (or most of) factory farming had millions of acres of dead soil where plants are grown on a cocktail of three to nine inorganic commercial fertilizer. Problems with inorganic fertilizer is Trace Mineral depletion overfertilization High energy consumption and long term sustainability. Buying exclusively organic supports organic farmers the organic movement and all things wholesome and good however about half the worlds population is fed by the results obtained by inorganic fertilizers. The road to a one hundred percent organic world is a long way off, but kicking Monsanto Bayer and the other big chemical companies out of the business will help greatly. You vote with your dollars. Stick to organic, vote organic and support your local farmers.
This was extremely helpful, thank you!!
[…] fruits and vegetables, they have been in the past. I read that farmers spray conventional cherries 8-10 times throughout the growing season! And because cherries have thin skins, they lack a protective […]
nice information. I always wonder about nuts, which is difficult to figure how and when the pesticides or other harmful substances get in to them.
Not sure about pesticide use with nuts, but one thing that is evident is that over-consumption of peanuts very often causes headaches. Have come across this again and again.
This is not caused by pesticides but as a result of a natural fungus that exists inside the peanut. Not particularly harmful but if you consume a packet of peanuts in a day you will very likely end up with an annoying headache the next day adn will be wondering what caused it.
Unpoisoned fruit is too expensive. Better to grow my own.
Thanks- we were looking for a strategy to go by when out of the organic / Whole Foods areas.
Given that more and more sweet corn is being genetically modified to work with Monsanto Roundup and other manufacturer’s equally bad pesticides, it’s probably a very good idea to buy organic corn.
Yah! Help for the confused! A great service for us all.
I agree with Greg. Almost 90% of corn in the US is GM and has the DNA of another plant that allows corn to produce it’s own pesticide, so when you consume the GMO Corn, you are indeed consuming pesticides. Organic is the only way to go with corn.
I’ve also read that Blueberries are bad to eat if not organic. IDK what to do. Here is what another website claims the USDA says. Tests show domestic blueberries (13 pesticides detected on a single blueberry!) have a higher pesticide load than imported.
But both are high.
Regarding Grapes: Imported Grapes Sprayed heavily, often with chemicals banned in the US.
All grapes (Imp and Dom) tested over 6 years averaged 75% with residues. Chilean grapes averaged 92% detection rates as compared with 65% for domestic grapes.
This website confirms a lot of what is said above, but contradicts somethings. Toward the bottom of the webpage it gives some of the USDA test done in 2005 or 2006. Just FYI. It’s prob always safest to by Organic. http://inspirationgreen.com/food-organic-choices
This is a great reference page for an important topic. I can confirm the need for organic carrots as well. Had an old farmer tell me once about the growing carrots to absorb the toxins in the ground. He said he wouldn’t even feed them to his animals but who knows if others wouldn’t sell them.
Correct, and you are probably aware that this particular property of carrots has been used successfully to restore contaminated soils, especially after prolonged spraying of lead arsenate on apple orchards. Such contaminated ground can pose a health risk for decades to come, however by strategically growing crops of carrots (and then disposing of the carrots) it has been possible to clean up contaminated soils. or the health conscious this points graphically to the ability of carrots to absorb particular pollutants and thus to the need to choose organic carrots wherever possible.
We are going to destroy the earth, aren’t we? It’s bleak. How it we get here?
This is a good list but why is organic still so expensive. Everything should be organic!
This is one of the best compiled lists of what to buy organic and what is safe to buy non-organic. I shop at Eartfare. Do yu have any nformation on their fresh produce? It is supposed to be organic. Again TY, Ann
PS: I don’t have a website and didn’t know if you wanted this website……have a great day
just curious- when pesticides are found on fruit and vegetables i thought i could scrub/soak them and they would be ok. do they all absorb the pesticides?
I’ve had anafalactic shock 2 wks ago from what we think was pesticides on some salad purchased from the 99cent store in peoris az. Very scary…am trying to eat exclusivesly organic now but its tuff.
Will try to grow what we need nxt year.
I see that the foods listed have residue. I would like to know what the residue specifically is and how much is measured in each food. Unless you are deathly alergic to some chemical/food, I believe trace residues will have no effects when eaten.
All thin skinned foods will absorb pesticides and herbicides. Toxins in the soil are readily taken up by most plants, and animals eating those plants, including some heavy metals. Much of those toxins are leftover from transitional farms moving to organic, and of course conventional farms, that use chemicals to increase productivity and cut down on pests. I get violently ill when eating conventionally grown bananas and anything made with those bananas. However, when I was pregnant with my first born, I craved them, for some odd reason, and was told to try organic ones. I did, and low and behold, I didn’t get sick and I developed a taste for them. 28 years later, I still get violently ill from anything that has non-organically grown bananas in it. I have to read labels to make sure.
mc daniel, why would you buy food at a 99¢ store? You probably don’t realize (tho maybe you do now) that the foods sold there are the worst of the worst… past expiration, full of artificial chemicals, and other nasty things including BPA in canned foods, etc.. Just don’t do it! Anaphylactic shock is no laughing matter, and neither is poisoning yourself and others. You could have died. So glad you didn’t and you’ve learned a lesson the hard way.
Very very informative. I really appreciate it.
[…] If, like me, you can’t buy exclusively organic, there are some known offenders in terms of pesticide residues, these I aim to buy organic. Check out this list for foods to buy organic and those that you can get away with buying non-organically grown: http://waterworksvalley.com/food-thats-safe-to-eat/ […]
Good info – and for those that say they can’t afford organic. Look at what junk you buy and cut back on those. When you add up the difference between organic and non-over a weeks time, it is usually less than a total of $5. As a 11 yr old said on a TED lecture – you pay a little now or a lot later to the doctors/hospitals.
[…] We began our quest with potatoes. The USDA says that there are more than 35 pesticides used on commercial potatoes, all of which leave behind detectable residues that we ingest. At least seven of these are known or probable carcinogens. So that’s one of the foods that I only buy organic, and organic potatoes are expensive: hence the decision to dedicate a big section of our garden to organically grown potatoes. (Want to know what foods you should buy organic and which ones are okay not to? Here’s a great list!) […]
Just found out I am very high in lead. I am trying to determine the source. This is helpful.
Is local, Amish grown Romaine lettuce and other veggies ok to eat?
If you are high in lead do check your garden soil. There are many inner city places that have high lead in garden soil, usually caused by old fashioned lead-based paint being scraped off buildings when painting was done. Ironically the worst thing to do in those locations is to allow chickens to graze because lead concentrates in the yolks of the eggs. Backyard chooks can cause elevated blood lead levels. You can get soil testing kits here in Australia in larger hardware stores, but you may live elsewhere. My young grandchild had the same problem and the health people said to move out of the house because it was too unsafe to live in, and that caused some disruption but she now lives in a safe area.
I don’t know the source of your high levels of lead, but also consider the following. It is possible that your water may be contaminated because residue from pipes, surrounding soil contamination or air pollution.
In a similar vain, the Amish produce may be contaminated (not by them) but by industrial or neighbor’s runoff/air pollution.
In addition, I believe makeup sometimes contain either lead or mercury to help preserve it. I believe mercury may be found in some lotions and mascara. I believe some red lipsticks may have the lead.
Even if lead is regulated in your country, the regulation may be based on how much is allowed in a certain size sample. For example, hydrogenated oils are sometimes added to peanut butter, but the label will say 0 when it comes to trans fats. In the US, this is acceptable to print because a serving size (usually 2 TBL) has a negligible amount (to them.)
I don’t care if it is only .5-1.5 gms of trans fat, I find that labeling misleading. In addition, most people will eat more than 2 TBL in their life. Hence, they may be consuming all this PB not knowing there’s trans fats.
From my understanding, lead contamination is accumulative like trans fat servings can add up. Hence, you may find amounts in your surroundings, food, etc that don’t seem like a big deal by themselves, but collectively are giving you a huge result.
I love parsnips and haven’t had them in years. I’m thinking of getting a pound if I can find them. If I can’t find organic parsnips, do you think I’ll be okay eating a pounds worth of chemical cocktail coated ‘snips?
[…] benefits are not surpassed by the pollutants of non-organic production. However, according to this website it is OK to eat non-organic asparagus. Nonetheless, if you truly want to minimize the possible […]
Can I pick green beans after spraying .It says 7 days but it has rained
[…] To start, you don’t need a peeler to clean these roots, just a sponge and some running water. Give them a bit of a scrub and you will remove the dirt and any unwanted growth or hairy pieces you may see. Since beet skin is thin, be sure to purchase organic. For a quick reference to produce you probably want to invest in organic, check out Waterworks Valley article: Food that’s safe to eat! […]
Thanks for sharing this list! very helpful!
I think the information on Cashews may be inaccurate. Google “endosulphan cashews” and you will see lots of issues with India and China. From what I can tell endosulphan was now banned in India in 2011 but what are they using in it’s place? Must be something. I think I will stick to organic cashews.
Note about Asparagus: all asparagus grown in Peru and imported into the U.S. Must undergo mandatory fumigation with Methyl Bromide as a condition of entry. It is said however that this leaves no residue.
MESSAGE FROM CAROLINE MARSHALL
Just stumbled across your web story which included the following information:
“Nuts, Seeds & Legumes (Ok to buy these ones non-organic)
Beans – Dried beans are usually washed, soaked, rinsed, and boiled, so insecticide residues are likely removed in the process.
Cashews – Are grown almost exclusively in tropical locations where pesticides are rarely used.”
You may not be aware of the issue surrounding Endosulfan that used to be and quite possibly still is being used on cashews from India.
I know that PAN have been working very hard to try and get this banned -but what was going to replace it for cashews apparently is or was just as bad if not worse.
Beats me why people think organic is necessarily better. I’ll risk the minute quantities of 35 pesticides in a regulated industry vs Lord knows what diseases and bacteria are in the soil fertilised organically. You organicophile types have recently been responsible for a childs death in my country from organic milk choc full of organic bacteria.
[…] http://waterworksvalley.com/food-thats-safe-to-eat/ […]
[…] nuts are grown in Australia and the crops are rarely sprayed, if at all. Check out this website on all the different crops and foods that are safe to eat. It’s basically the Clean 15 and […]
Might reconsider revamping some of the list in light of this PBS story. Best of luck, support each other!!
[…] Try to eat as much organic food as you possibly can. For a list of fruits and vegetables that you should eat organic, and for those that are OK to eat without being organic, you can read more about it here: Food that’s safe to eat! — Waterworks Valley […]
[…] Along with eating these wonderful, amazing, best cancer fighting foods – eat as much organic as possible. Some foods are OK if they aren’t organic, but some should only be consumed as organic. Why? Some foods are loaded with pesticides. You can read more about which foods you should eat organically here: Food that’s safe to eat! — Waterworks Valley […]
I would never buy non organic blueberries! I live near many blueberry farms. One farm uses an abundance of pesticides and my throat burns every time I used to eat them. Blueberries should be on the organic list…all berries.
Very interesting and necessary article to let you know what fruits and vegetables are safe to eat wether organic or non.
Thank-you for your time and creative talent. This is so useful. I eat an organic vegan diet all year, except on holidays. Cruelty and slavery of humans is just as repugnent to me, as it is of animals. I appreciated the effort to guide people to kinder farming.
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