Bug Spray A La Mode My Dear?

Endo’s *organic Apple-Blueberry Pie: *wheat-free crust w/ *Brewer’s Yeast (food), fresh *apples, * blueberries, *cinnamon, a tad of *honey, dash of sea salt, *vanilla.

Endo does the happy dance after he eats meals free of GMOs, and pesticides.

Researchers now claim that there’s no nutritional difference between foods GMO-free and chemically treated. It’s not about nutrition, it’s about ingesting pesticides. The media is confusing consumers, and consumers refuse to educate themselves on claims made. If I had two apples and I sprayed one with bug spray, would you eat it? No. When I roast organic potatoes, they cook faster, and the skin is tender, unlike potatoes treated with pesticides.

Food articles on diabetes, pets, children, HIV…all prefer certain foods to be free of pesticides or organic. See the list below that has foods that should be eaten organic.  Also, you can find organic foods, foods free of GMOs, grass-fed beef at Trader Joe’s, periodically on sale at Whole Foods, and Buy Local Produce Stands.

Garden tips:

Plant lavender next to the plants to act as an insect repellent.

If you find a Ladybug, place it in your garden to control harmful insects.

Allow a few spiders to hang around to eat the insects.

http://www.dlife.com/diabetes/information/slide_show_pdf_files/shoppersguide2010.pdf

Buying Organic (Taken from Diabetes Life)

“…Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says: “By their very nature, most pesticides create some risk of harm. Pesticides can cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment because they are designed to kill or otherwise adversely affect living organisms.”

…chemicals most commonly used against insects, rodents, fungi, weeds, and disease leaves no question that these substances cause adverse effects, from cancer and neurological problems to nervous system damage and birth defects.

There is also possible association between pesticide use and obesity and insulin resistance.

SOURCES:

  1. U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. What is a Pesticide?http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/about/index.htm (accessed 5/09).
  2. Pesticide Action Network Pesticide Database. http://pesticideinfo.org/ (accessed 05/09).
  3. Lim, Soo, Sun Young Ahn, In Chan Song, Myung Hee Chung, Hak Chul Jang, Kyong SooPark, Ki-Up Lee, Youngmi Kim Pak, and Hong Kyu Lee. 2009. Chronic Exposure to the Herbicide, Atrazine, Causes Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Insulin Resistance. PLoS One 4, no.
  4. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=2664469&tool=pmcentrez&rend ertype=abstract (accessed 05/09).

…Where pesticides are used on food or feed crops, EPA sets “tolerances” for the amount of the pesticide residue that can legally stay in or on foods.

Buying Organic:

1. Stevens-Garmon John, Chung L. Huang, and Biing-Hwan Lin. 2007. Organic Demand: A Profile of Consumers in the Fresh Produce Market. Choices. American Agricultural Economics Association. 22 (2): 109-115.

…some studies suggest that organic produce has more nutrients than its conventional counterparts, probably because the soil is left in better condition.

Study: Organic blueberries deliver more nutrients..

Random samples of blueberries from different growers in New Jersey were compared to their levels of phytonutrients. Though levels varied from farm to farm, the organic blueberries were much higher in those antioxidant and anti-inflammatory plant chemicals that fight off diseases and make blueberries the diabetes superfood they are (but count the carbs! Blueberries have 21 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fiber in a cup).

SOURCE:
1. Stevens-Garmon John, Chung L. Huang, and Biing-Hwan Lin. 2007. Organic Demand: A

Profile of Consumers in the Fresh Produce Market. Choices. American Agricultural Economics Association. 22 (2): 109-115.

Certified Organic: Products bearing the seal above must be no less than 95 percent organic. Organic means that crops are grown without the use of prohibited substances, genetic engineering, radiation, or sewage sludge. …organic farmers must use crop rotation, tilling, and natural composting to keep soil fertile and plants fed.

SOURCE:
1. USDA National Organic Program, 2007.

Organic standards for livestock cover animals used for meat, milk, eggs, and other animal products. The animals’ feed must be 100 percent organic, they cannot be given hormones to promote growth, or antibiotics for any reason. Also, the animals must have access to the outdoors, including pasture for animals who graze.

SOURCE:
1.  (PDF). http://www.ams.usda.gov

Environmental Working Group (EWG) states, “You can significantly cut your pesticide exposure by avoiding conventional (non-organic) versions of the most contaminated fruits and vegetables…

If you get your five daily servings of fruits and veggies from the 15 most contaminated, you could consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. If you eat conventional varieties of only the 15 least contaminated you can drop that number to less than two pesticides daily.

Pesticide residue even though they have been washed or rinsed (listed in order of the most pesticides):

celery

Peaches

strawberries

apples

blueberries

nectarines

bell peppers

spinach

kale

cherries

If you’re going to buy only some things organic, splurge on these.

SOURCE:
1. Environmental Working Group. http://www.foodnews.org (accessed 5/10).

The number-one least contaminated on the list, and These are 10 foods you can safely buy from the conventional bins…

SOURCE:

1. Environmental Working Group. http://www.foodnews.org (accessed 5/10).

“If you have diabetes, it makes sense to buy organic when you can. When your health is already compromised, you want to do your best to avoid toxins, even when they’re in allowable levels. But when money is tight, make the best choices for yourself and your family. If you eat or drink a lot of a certain food (chicken? milk? eggs?), get the organic version.”

http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/dirty-dozen-foods#slide-1

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