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Put Down The Strawberries: These Pesticide-laden Fruits & Veggies Top the Pesticide List For 2017

Topping the list of the most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables are strawberries, which can contain as many as 20 different pesticides. The Environmental Working Group released its annual “Dirty Dozen” list.

Another favorite, spinach, climbed the list from 8th last year to 2nd for 2017.  A disturbing fact is permethrin, a neurotoxin banned in Europe but still used here in the United States, was found on approximately 75% of tested samples. Permethrin was also found in higher levels in the urine of children more likely to have ADHD & can cause seizures as well as endocrine (hormonal) and neurological damage.   Additionally, permethrin is used here in the U.S. to control head lice and is embedded in mosquito and tick-repellent fabrics. It is commonly used on nut, fruit, vegetable, cotton, ornamental, mushroom, potato and cereal crops.

More bad news for spinach:  mandipropam, fluopicolide and ametoctradin, which are used to kill mold and mildew – were found in higher rates this year. In previous years their presence was not found on this and other produce.

New additions to the list were pears and potatoes which edged out cherry tomatoes and cukes.

In contrast, the Environmental Working Group’s “Clean 15” is as follows:  corn, avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions, (frozen) sweet peas, papayas,  asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower and grapefruit.

It is important to note that even at low levels, pesticides have a cumulative effect.  Children absorb them at a rate ten times that of adults.  Because their systems are still developing, it is wise to limit their exposure. Important READ —>  If You Use Pesticides, READ THIS!

Best bet?  BUY ORGANIC when you can!


Is Your House Making You Sick?

Skull-cossbonesDo you live in a new house? Have you recently gutted your house and added “all new” components?  If so, you may have unwittingly exposed yourself and your family to an onslaught of chemicals. Neurotoxins, carcinogens, hormone mimics and reproductive hormone disruptors are but a few of the chemicals in building products.   Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in many construction products.  It, like all the other components in your “new” house or furniture, “outgasses:” evaporates into the surroundings.  You are constantly being exposed to a myriad of chemicals.

Carpet backing and carpet padding, fire retardants in materials,formaldehyde in glues, coatings:  the list goes on and on. Arsenic is another common ingredient in wood preservatives (think building products like pressure treated wood and composites).  Glycol ethers are used in paint, solvents and – no surprise here:  cosmetics!

Vinyl chloride is used in copolymers which are used in sealants, lubricants, plastic,  and that TEFLON coating that your cookware is made out of!  Yes — every time you turn on your stove and cook something in that pan you are ingesting chemicals along with your food.

Childhood asthma:  it’s on the rise.  Studies suspect that it’s from the continuous exposure to indoor chemicals as well as chemicals in personal care products, clothing and things that children are exposed to every day.

In-utero exposure to chemicals has been shown in thousands of published studies.   For a rebuttal to those in the scientific community who see no correlation – or who are in the pockets of the chemical industry, a report published in the journal of The Endocinre Society, play out a very serious concern encompassing studies over past decades.  The article is only a page long – an interesting read and well worth it.

RELATED:

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/polymer-based-products-you-use-every-day.htm

http://www.ewg.org/research/dirty-dozen-list-endocrine-disruptors

http://endo.endojournals.org/content/early/2013/09/18/en.2013-1854.full.pdf+html


Sevin Dust Dangers, Round-Up & Other Garden Chemicals

  • Of the 30 most commonly used pesticides, fungicides or insecticides:
    • 19 are linked with cancer
    • 13 linked with birth defects
    • 21 with reproductive effects
    • 26 with liver or kidney damage
    • 15 neurotoxicity (nervous system)
    • 11 with endocrine (hormone) disruption
    • 17 are found in groundwater
    • 23 have the ability TO leach into groundwater
    • 11 are extremely toxic to bees
    • 16 are toxic to birds

Sevin dust is a popular lawn and garden chemical. So are Scott’s Turf Builder, Round-Up, Bug B Gon, Bayer products, Spectricide, Triazicide and others.

What do they have in common?

THEY ARE POISON

You cannot use it IN your house, ON your dog, near children or pregnant woman.

Why?

They are neurotoxins meaning it affects your nervous system & brain.

They are carcinogens meaning they cause cancer!

They cause birth defects

  • Women who are pregnant from May to September have higher instances of fetal abnormalities.

They are highly toxic to fish, bees and birds.

Your dog and cats can get cancer from being on lawns or in gardens treated with these chemicals.

You can make your children very, VERY sick – even predispose them to CANCER.

Aren’t these enough reasons NOT to use them?

For more information read:

Sevin Dust Is NOT Your Garden Friend

If You Use Pesticides READ THIS