Check out your water supply with EWG’s National Drinking Water Database. Visit this link and type in your zip code to see your city’s drinking water quality report! Then … investigate all the contaminants found in your tap water. Warning … pesticides and/or other toxins may exceed the health or legal limit in your area!
Meaning … It might be time to invest in a water filter!!
For example, in Davis, CA,11 chemicals, such as manganese and arsenic, are found in levels that exceed health guidelines.
#1. 5 servings of conventionally grown fruits and veggies from the “Dirty Dozen” list is equal to you consuming an average of 14 different pesticides a day.
#2. By picking 5 servings from the “Clean 15” list you’ll intake fewer than 2 pesticides per day!
#3. If you choose 5 servings of conventionally grown produce from the “Clean 15” list rather than from the “Dirty Dozen” list you can potentially lower the volume of pesticides you consume by 92%.
#4. Lastly, always eat your fruits and vegetables! The health benefits from eating fruits and veggies outweigh the risks of commercial pesticide exposure. However, buy organically when you can!
But what does “organic” really mean???
The United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program certifies food “organic” if and only if the food is produced without synthetic fertilizers or other chemicals, genetic engineering, radiation, or sewage sludge.
Sewage sludge?? Ummm….Yuck!
I think the next question on your mind is… “why should we be concerned with pesticides and their toxicity???”
Come back tomorrow to find out!
P.S. Want the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15″ on hand at all times? There’s an App for that?? It’s Free! Search “Dirty Dozen” in the App Store.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization, uses the power of public info to protect and preserve public health and the environment. In other words, they share scientific-based information with the public in order to make a difference!