Wednesday, June 9, 2010
CAROLYN'S CORNER on ORGANIC OR CONVENTIONAL FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
This is a debate that has been going on for a very long time. If you can afford it always buy organic, but if you cannot buy conventional. According to Renée Loux Underkoffler, more than 800 million pounds of toxic chemicals was used in pesticides on American farmland. I am sure by now those statistics have probably grown exponentially. Therefore to reduce your risk of pesticides infiltration, eat organic. If you must purchase conventional fruits and vegetables make sure to wash the fruits and vegetables with a few drops of apple cider vinegar in a bowl of water for rinsing or scrubbing vegetables and fruits. Always peel produce if it is not organic. Certain fruits and vegetables can be peeled to remove pesticides on the skin and to avoid waxes, which cannot be washed off. Unfortunately, peeling produce removes the vitamins and minerals in and under the skin. Peel conventional produce such as apples, cucumbers, carrots, beets, peaches, plums, nectarines, pears, eggplant, parsnips, potatoes, turnips, yams, squash, etc.
Organically grown food must meet accepted parameters in order to be labeled organic. Organic farming requires the responsible maintenance of healthy, fertile soil. Soil must be rested and fed through natural methods and without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and rodenticides.
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**The above illustration is by Mark Alan Stamaty.