Monday, May 3, 2010

What’s on my food? Pesticides and toxins on conventional vs organic foods

"Many people still the debate the practice of buying organic food, claiming it’s not really worth the extra money. While the ubiquitous labeling of “organic” isn’t as specific and regulated as it should be by the USDA, the fact of the matter is that you’re still a lot more likely to be ingesting harmful pesticides if you’re not eating organic. Yes, you can wash your produce when you get home, but a variety of pesticide residues still turn up on many of our foods after being washed.

Want proof of that claim? The Pesticide Action Network’s database, What’s On My Food?, provides an extensive online database listing the toxins, carcinogens, and hormone disruptors, including their health risks, found on many commonly purchased foods from being sprayed with pesticides. Their data comes from the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program’s regulatory information on thousands of pesticides and millions of toxicity tests performed on them. PAN’s site also lists side-by-side conventional vs organic comparisons on most of the foods, letting you see the facts for yourself to then make the decision on whether or not to buy organic."

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