"Choosy moms choose Jiff!" Remember that commercial exhortation? When
I was a child I looked forward to my mom proving her choosiness every time we
went shopping. It seemed a simpler time then when all that moms had to concern
themselves with at the grocery store was brand loyalty and bargain buys.
Now we have to worry about pesticides on fruits, hormones in our milk, genetically
altered vegetables and going crazy, literally, for burgers.
The inventory, of chemically treated and potentially dangerous foods, is a veritable
A-Z list. According to the Food and Drug Administration, 36 different pesticides
can be, and are, found on apples, with as many as seven additional chemicals
to be found present on the skin. Cantaloupes frequently contain dieldrin, an
exceedingly toxic and carcinogenic insecticide. Dieldrin was banned in 1974
but residues remain in soils and are taken up through the roots of plants and
stored in the edible portion. Grapes, one of the most popular snack fruits for
children, are covered with various chemicals. The worst offenders are Chilean
grapes, which are covered with as many as 17 different chemicals. And Chilean
grapes make up 90 percent of the grapes eaten here in the states. Spinach is
treated with a chemical that can cause cancer and strawberries are one of the
most contaminated of all produce items here in the states. Zucchini is not only
treated with harmful pesticides but also coated with waxes that hold the chemicals.
One smart approach to the threat of pesticides and chemicals is to purchase
organically grown fruits and vegetables.
Authors Note: This 1500 word article covers, in precise and accessible language,
what organic food is, USDA labeling, organic food's availability and where to
find it, a recommended reading list and how to get involved.
From the article:
Want to get involved? Want to tell the FDA to impose a moratorium on the approval
of GE Fish Applications, oppose FDA's new regulations on Genetically Engineered
Food, or take genetically engineered Bovine Growth Hormone off the market? Go
to The Center for Food Safety, http://www.foodsafetynow.org/
, and click on the cause you are interested in. Getting involved is a rewarding
and satisfying way for "choosy moms" to pick the best and to ensure
that the best is there to pick.
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