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Re: The dirty dozen

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AARPTeri wrote:

Have you seen the list of the dirtiest fruits and vegetables by the USDA?  What do you think, would this change your choices?

 

 

My grocery shopping has been guided by the dirty dozen and clean dozen/ now 15 lists for years. At this point, I also avoid ordering food in restaurants or bakeries that have produce on the dirty dozen list. It's expensive but not as expensive as cancer treatment.

 

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Re: The dirty dozen

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Scientific American is a deservedly well-respected magazine.  Please read this article - it might help you reconsider your attitudes towards "organic" foods.  Mythbusting 101: Organic Farming

 

 

 

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Re: The dirty dozen

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It's appalling that so many AARP readers are unaware of the scientific evidence showing how very dangerous agricultural poisons are to our health in so many ways.   If you are in your 80's, you lived half your life before most of them were invented and before they became a prime reason why America spends more than twice per capita on health care than any other nation, yet ranks only thirtieth among them in our health status.   AARP does a great public service in listing the ten best and worst produce items.  Apparently, that service needs to be extended by an article or sidebar linking to the many excellent sources on the internet of real education on why and how to protect your health from poisoned food.

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Re: The dirty dozen

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Not likely my produce purchasing will change. However, it'd be nice if your story included tips on washing produce properly.

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 I just don't believe that any level of pesticides is safe. I have turned to organic fruits & veggies because they are safer although these days there is risk of drift even to those plants. Big Ag (corporate) farming is dangerous to us all and we would be safer to avoid it.

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Re: The dirty dozen

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Pesticides have nothing to do with mold on strawberries. Strawberries carry a high mold count. That's why people who are supposed to be on a low yeast diet don't do strawberries. I have to agree with the above comment that all food is exposed to dangerous chemicals, especially after that Japanese nuclear power plant with kaput. It's depressing, but hey, that's life in the New Millennia. And just because the fruit or veg is on the happy list, it doesn't mean that it might have been handled properly. Better to grow it yourself or have a nearby, trustworthy friend do it for you.

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Re: The dirty dozen

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This article names a "dirty" dozen and then admits that not one rises to the level of dangerous pesticide content after washing. Oh. Never mind... Please, AARP, do not waste my time with hysterical claims that you then dismiss in the very same article.

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Re: The dirty dozen

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I have gone by this list for years. I use it to choose what I want to buy from the organic section.

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I am sorry but if you listen to scientest, self appointed experts and others you would eat, drink or use nothing. While I understand the concern, remember DDT, I do not see the need for hysteria that some want to cause by making outlandish claims.

 

I buy whatever fruit I want wash it and go on. People who are currently in their late 80" and 90" were never concerned about organic products and seem to be living a very long and happy life.

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Re: The dirty dozen

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I sent my career at EPA/Pesticides and know the careful robust science assessments for decisions to ensure the proper uses of pesticides will protect public health and environment. EWG's annual list  is not relevant to safety. As the article says the amounts of pesticides on these and other crops are well below safe levels (usually parts per billion or near zero).

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