If fruits and vegetables are not safe, what is?

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
May 18, 2010 8:46am CST
I saw on television on ABC that the pesticides on the fruits and vegetables, especially the fruits I love like strawberries, contribute to AHD. That is terrible. I mean not everyone can buy organic, it costs quite a bit more and since we need as much veggies and fruits as possible, it is a losing game. I do not want to live on a diet of chips and fries and am also not sure whether washing the fruits and vegetables under the tap is enough. There are some fruits you cannot wash or you will have to eat all of them at once. Now my husband does not want a garden and even vetoed the idea of having a planter at the back. I suppose I can have a few herbs as they can be grown inside, but tomatoes, strawberries, etc. no and we do not live near a farm where we can get them fresh and he is not well. I still am going to be careful (I think I have adult ahd but not sure about it, so the pesticides on vegetables and fruits must have been around since the 1950s) So I was wondering what preparations will you take to make sure the pesticides are removed from the produce you buy. I wash them under the tap.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
18 May 10
wash mine under the tap too. and back in the 50s the used dtd and that didnt harm us its what they use now that does the bad things to us grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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• Canada
18 May 10
They use DDT in China and we all know we get a lot of stuff from there.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
18 May 10
thats because they dont wash out the boxes they send food it first they send poison stuff in the boxes or what ever and then dont wash out the containers to send the food in.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
21 May 10
We get much of our Chinese vegetables from China, but I do not buy them because here they package them for families. For instance, they wiil put four bok choys in one bag. However when I used to live in Vancouver, there were a lot of Chinese market gardeners who grew the vegetables locally and there was also a lot of spraying. Back when I was young, there were no such things as organic unless one grew their own and the soil was quite damp and rotting was a problem.
@marguicha (102294)
• Chile
18 May 10
My brother is a chemist and advised me a long time ago to peel as many fruits and veggies as I could, I never eat the peels anymore except from the fruit and veggies I grow. Many of my veggies are not as beautiful: my swiss chard is loved so much by snails that they are full of holes. I have thought a lot about eating them (the snail, of course). My brother said that washing them wasnt enough. Take care and PLANT!!! I´m on my way noy to plant more parsley.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
20 May 10
Hello marguicha, Try putting finely crushed egg shell and used coffee grounds around your swiss chard. It is uncomfortably for the snails to crawl over.
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@marguicha (102294)
• Chile
20 May 10
Thanks for the idea!. I will not use pesticides in my garden so it´s the best thing I can do. I don´t mind them in the rest of the garden, but the veggies are mine to eat!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
21 May 10
That is what I heard that washing is not enough. I remember a few years back when there was this product that was to remove the pesticide residue, but in my case, I have been eating vegetables and fruits since I was young and I am in my sixties now. So one can imagine the damage it has done along with the trans fats, and the high glucose corn syrup that was hidden in a lot of foods. And none of my family were sucressful garden growers except for a few peas and beans, lettuce and tomatoes. I did try a few others, but then I lived in Saskatoon, but when I move to Winnipeg, my husband after I tried a few years said no more garden. I suspect it was because I was starting to do some serious writing and he figured that if I am on the computer I have no time for gardening.
@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
18 May 10
I hate having to see the negative results of humans deciding to use nonorganic materials on things such as our water, food, and medicine. I feel like a lot of the health problems and diseases that are arising in today's day and age are from lack of research and time investigating the actual long term health effects of coming into contact with some of the chemicals we are around on a daily basis. A read a news article in Nexus magazine the other day that said that Europe is placing into effect a ban on all harmful chemicals that are in everyday products that humans deal with and they have been working on exiling all potential risk chemicals from their list. I read that the United States has so far shown no strong effort as to researching the health risks with some of these chemicals that are involved in our daily lives. The most unfortunate thing is that consumers don't know how to test what's in their products and corporations can pay money so that they don't have to test products as long as they are supposed too or they can bribe someone into not having to list some even more potentially harmful chemicals. We've been putting toxic stuff into our food and water supplies for quite a while now and I would recommend starting a garden as soon as you can because then you will know that there is nothing in your food that you have to worry about. We even have to worry about our drinking water becoming contaminated now as well. It's really sad to see how our lack of caring is negatively effecting our food, I just hope that we will be influenced to do deeper and more thorough research for the future because it is an absolutely necessary step in evolving. Great post friend let me know if you find out on any good ways to remove pesticides from fruits and veggies.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
22 May 10
The only garden I could start is a container garden and since we are getting part of our backyard put into patio, I do not know if they will throw the containers away along with the old trash. It has happened before. I had some medium sized pots for herbs at the back, and my friends went through a cleaning spree when I went on a walk during respite. I have been looking into a rectangular box to put some lettuce and salad vegetables. I have also been considering getting a patio tomato plant and hope that works. The trouble is my husband does not want a garden. He thinks because I do a lot of typing and am on the computer, well I guess according to him, if you can do office work, you cannot do gardening.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
18 May 10
I also use tap, but know that the best thing to do is either use this cleaner you can buy I believe in the produce section of your grocers or Another option, though you have to really rinse it off when you are done,is to use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with water and scrub your fruit and vegetables. Or even better if you can, grow your own..:)
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
21 May 10
I will have to look for this cleaner at Superstore. I would like to grow my own, but we do not have a garden and besides my husband does not want me to. I am able to sneak in a few herbs at the front among the rose gardens, but trying to hide some beans or peas and especially corn and carrots would be quite hard. I might try to hide some strawberry p[ants, but raspberries =not that easy.
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• United States
21 May 10
Why wouldn't your husband want a garden full of fresh vegetables?
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• United States
21 May 10
I hope so, because if you are able, growing your own food is the most rewarding hobby/job you can have. Some people don't have a big enough lot or none to grow a garden. I do have the space, but I have a sore arm and back and can't do too much without a roto tiller..I do have my own berry bushes and strawberry patch, small enough I do take care of by hand without hurting too much..
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• India
20 May 10
I think, this is something out of control. All we can do is, wash fruits and vegetables before use. These days size of fruits and vegetables is big and that is not natural, some chemical influence is making them more attractive in size and taste. Doctors suggests to eat fruits and vegetables more but if this is the scenario, we are more prone to illness instead of being healthy.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 May 10
I do not like my fruit that big. I have a hard time eating just one apple and so I look for the smaller sizes. I can eat a handful of berries but most of the time, I buy the frozen as it is easier and at least they have been washed and picked through. With the fresh berries (unless I grow them) I am taking a risk.
• India
30 May 10
I look for the big apple and love fruits. Correct, fruits & vegetables with more of chemicals are danger to life but they are basic needs of our life. There does not seem any replacement to these.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 May 10
I love strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. I wish I had more strawberries, but a couple of years ago, we had tohave our house renovated and it was during the time, I till the garden and get rid of the weeds. So when I came back, the place was overgrown and of course, they had to spray the lawn. I did find some strawberry plants this year and planted them in front, so I hope in a few weeks to have non sprayed strawberries if I am lucky. As for the blueberry bush I planted, someone threw thrash over it while we were away so that is gone.
@Asthazar (103)
• Romania
19 May 10
Food is a delicate matter no matter what. These days, almost nothing is natural or healthy... they use technology to bio-engineer anything people can eat, using chemicals and dangerous substances, instead of simply doing it the old fashioned way. Andy why? Because they look better like that. They may look better, but they're slowly killing us, time-wise. If it were me, I'd just have my own little space far away from humanity, where I can live with the ones I love, a long and healthy life, just like people used to in the old days...
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 May 10
Cannot live away from people. That is not right. I can see living on a farm if that is the only way to get healthy food, but I would make sure that farm or place is near a shopping center or at least I can go there once a week. It is too bad that organic farming is a relatively new thing. It would have been better if our food was grown the same way it was before all these pesticides came into view.
@Asthazar (103)
• Romania
30 May 10
It's right from my point of view, considering all the stuff humanity does to itself. I simply don't want to be any part of it.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 May 10
That is the trouble, you get to be a hermit and you also do not have a chance to show people that there is a better way of living. Besides not all people are bad. It is just that you have to make sure you keep away from the bad ones, and live near the good ones.
@kykidd (6819)
• United States
31 May 10
I think that if we really spent a lot of time and research, we could find that every single item that we consume is actually bad for us in one way form or fashion. So, I typically try to eat fruits and vegetables and just wash them off before I consume them. Even if it is something that I will be cooking, I still like to wash it. I have heard that some people go to the point of washing their meat as well. But I really don't feel comfortable doing that, although I have tried it. Plus, you are cooking it so in my opinion the heat cooks the germs out of it. Except for all of the hormones and stuff which are making people even bigger than they were in the past. I guess we just have to consume everything within reason. I am in complete agreement with the fact that organic foods just aren't affordable. If you could grow your own, or go to a local farm market that would be nice. But sometimes in life, that is just not an option. Good luck to you with your AHD, I hope you are able to figure out a way around it.
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@magtibaygom (4864)
• Philippines
26 May 10
There is one thing I know that can be used to clean away pesticides and herbicides. It's salt. In your cooking, before you slice the vegetables, try wash them first with water containing significant amount of salt. The chemicals will be washed away.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
27 May 10
Yes but what if you cannot take much sodium? Then you have replaced one evil with another. I can see washing them first, but with salt, that would not be good for me.
• United States
23 May 10
They use the pesticides to get higher yields. So many people have drawn straws at what causes these new found illnesses and pesticides on produce is one of them. Like you I can't afford to buy organic.... Can you imagine w/ 3 small kids who can wolf 2lbs of strawberries a day how expensive the would be?!?! So other than washing them it's the best you can do. Do you have a farmers market you could go to? They are very popular here. Otherwise if you have a neighbor who has a garden ask if you could contribute to the purchase of plants ect if they'd share the harvest?
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 May 10
We have a farmer's market outside our city, but our city is stretched out so far that it takes at least a couple of hours of driving to get out of it. I do have some strawberry plants, and i have a friend who has a garden and sometimes she will bring me some of her veggies when she has too many. The trouble is that it would be better if one can go to a market or pick the vegetables or fruits every day or at least every two days. Then there would be no problem. I can afford organic now that there are just two of us and my husband cannot eat everything, but could not when the boys were with us and worse when they were small.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
20 May 10
The sad thing is that today we don't get all the vitamins ans minerals from vegetable and fruits that we use to because the farm ground id wearing out. Instead of putting the natural fertilizers on the ground such as green and cattle manure on the fields the farmers are having to use chemicals to get plants to grow. Some fruits and vegetables don't have to be organic to be safe. they are the ones that we peel and have thick peels such as watermelon. Onions, avocados, sweet corn, pineapple, mangos, Asparagus, sweet peas, kiwi, cabbage, egg plant, papaya, broccoli, tomatoes (safer now than they use to be), and sweet potatoes. These are more likely to have less pesticide used on them but they still need to be wash good. These are the vegetables and fruits that should be organic. celery, peaches, strawberries, apples and blue berries, nectarines, bell peppers, spinach ,kale, cherries, potatoes, grapes and leafy greens, carrots and pears,. http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/Save-on-Sustainable-Gallery-44032808 Here is a simple vegetable wash you can make at home for pennies to get those pesticides off your vegetable. Vegetable wash gettimg rid of some bacteria, but for better protection make your own natural cleaning concoction: Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, and 1 cup cold tap water in a spray bottle, shake well, and apply to your produce. Rinse with tap water before cooking or serving. in a clean sink or bowl put 4 Tablespoon of salt, fill bowl with cold water & when salt has dissolved add juice of half of a large lemon [ or all of 1 smaller size] soak fruit or vegs for 20 min' then rinse REALLY well, berries need only 10 min' soak simply mix a few tablespoons of vinegar with the water in the spray bottle and you're in business for a whole lot less! I got these from thriftyfun.com
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 May 10
That is the trouble. I have to eat a lot of blueberries because they are good for my eyes and cataracts run in my family. Oh and one can count the carrots and apples as well. I do like that vegetable wash, but am wary about adding the salt. I can go with the lemon juice and the vinegar. I was reading somewhere about having to take a multivitamin and a good one yet, because we do not get enough from our food, but when I read the labels and the quantities it seems to be just to maintain the healthy condition or the lack thereof one has at a time and the amounts that one really needed are given a warning that it can only be taken for a short time or you have to see the doctor - I disregard those instructions by the way. If I did follow them, then my eyes would have gotten considerably worse.
@EvanHunter (4028)
• United States
20 May 10
Things will be so poisoned it wont matter, the build up in water from all the run off pesticides will be toxic also. Most drinking water is becoming contaminated because of all the chemicals that end up in it from everything we use. Not to mention all the genetically modified foods we eat. A product of the society we live.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 May 10
That is what I am afraid will happen and the only people left alive will be those people who can live on a raft in the middle of the ocean for days and be rescued, those who can go through the desert with no water or food for six days and come out alive - in other words, they will all look the same and not like you or me. I mean there will be very few people of English ancestry among the survivors.
@clocks123 (1228)
• United States
18 May 10
if i paid attention to what is good or not i would not eat. i wash my fruits and vegetables very well under the water. i think it is better to eat more fruits and veggies than other things. the farmer's market is a good place to buy fruits and veggies. they are from the farms and not too expensive. if there is a blueberry bush you know of you can pick them too
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 May 10
I wish we could get to a farmer's market, but it is hard when you cannot drive and you have to rely on your friends to take you there. We do get eggs from a farm but that is all. I do wish that they would not use that many pesticides on food, because well today I bought some organic vegetables and my food bill was almost $100 and usually the only time it is that big is when I buy a lot of meat as well.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 May 10
I try and buy organic, but I also am trying some veggie wash that my step-mother gave me, supposedly it removes a lot of the nasty stuff.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
29 May 10
Organics are more expensive, but since my husband cannot eat much because of his als (he has to be tube feed twice a day)
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
18 May 10
when I did my own cooking I always washed my fruit and veggies very carefully and somtimes even a tiny pinch of dish soap on root stuff, just to get anything on skins off is the main thing and rinse several times too. I have never had any taste problems.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
29 May 10
I will try that. I do rinse my veggies and fruits, but usually it is just running it under the tap. We just had our water plant fixed so the water is safe, so there is no worry.
@djemme (78)
• United States
18 May 10
A lot of pesticides can be removed by using a small amount of dish detergent and washing the fruits or vegetables in this solution. Be sure to rinse well after washing. Don't wash all your produce at once, wait until you're ready to use it. Once you wash off the pesticides, the produce will tend to turn bad rather quickly. There are also commercial products available that are based on citric acid, these are formulated to remove most pesticides, but they really aren't necessary. As an alternative, you can fill a clean sink with cold water, add a little lemon juice a tablespoon of salt and soak the produce for 5 minutes. Again, rinse thoroughly after cleaning. Some produce, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, apples, etc. have a wax coating, these are more difficult to clean because the wax is difficult to disolve. There are products available to remove this wax coating, but it might be wiser and easier to peel these items.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
22 May 10
That lemon, salt, and cold water sounds like a good idea. I really do not trust using dishwasher detergent. Even then it would be all right if i were going to use the produce for supper that day, but what happens if someone invites us out or brings the dinner, then i have to threw the veggies away.
@p_vadla (1687)
• India
18 May 10
A minister in India when asked about pollution in agricultural food products said that 'even the a mother's milk is contaminated/polluted' and what can I do about it. Such is the situation we are in. Washing foods before use is a must and a minimum requirement.There are intrinsic or made part of pollutants or contaminants we can not easily eliminate. In this fast paced world even a farmer wants to produce things fast according to market demands..a la..following Darwinian survival of the fittest principle. To keep pace with these changes in addition to facing environmental pollution, we have to improve body immune system by making use more artificial/natural food supplements. So its a vicious cycle, we have to face it. or wait till it breaks on its own.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
21 May 10
The trouble is what happens while one waits for someone to make sure that there are no pesticides and use natural repellents? Not all of us have gardens. I did have one for a few years and because I did not use any pesticides, much of the produce had holes in it in spite of me putting some natural repellents around. It seems to be a losing battle and also I do not know who are resistant to the effects of these pesticide.s
• Lincoln, Nebraska
18 May 10
That's too bad as I love strawberries. As far as other fruits and vegetables sometimes I have found organics comparable in price and sometimes even less at my local market. Also I don't know if where you live there are local farmers who sell stuff from roadside stands but a lot of times they don't use these toxins on their produce. You could always ask them and hopefully they will be honest.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
21 May 10
It is hard to get out to a farmers market here. And I love strawberries. I did grow my own, but my husband wants to put in a patio and put the garden in gravel so the only place I have would be at the front between the rose bushes and the other perennial flower bushes at the front. There is not that much there. I was thinking of getting a strawberry container, but having to haul it home is not that easy when one has no car and I am sure my husband would say no at putting it in the van that does not have that much space. Guess I am stuck with buying organic = they are more expensive up here then the regular kind.
@dragon54u (31637)
• United States
18 May 10
I'm afraid I don't do much of anything with my fruits and vegetables. I might rinse them if I see some dirt but that's about it. I'm very late getting my garden in this year because of all the frost and rain so I'll be buying from our local farm. Could you maybe get a group together and go to a farmer's market each week? I know it's terrible about pesticides on our stuff but if not for them a lot of our food would be eaten by bugs. And like you said, organic is sooo expensive!!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
21 May 10
I do not think you have to worry if you have your own garden because from what I know most gardeners use natural repellents. It is for us people who are city dwellers and if they have a garden is just enough to grow a few peas, beans, and whatever. Much of our stuff we have to buy. I would love to go to a farmers market, but as it is our city is so large and spread out that by the time we go there and get back the food would not be as fresh. Most of the farmers around here come to the parking lots in the Malls and set up shop there.
@ellie333 (21029)
18 May 10
Hi Suspenseful, I always wash fruit and veg under the tap first even if it is organic and am of the mind set that everything in moderation. I don't think I would eat if I avoided everything I read about that was harmful in some way. Mind you I guess that would solve weight problem lol Huggles Ellie :D
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
21 May 10
I wash everything except when they tell you not to, but it makes me upset when the very produce that are meant to make you healthy is spoiled by someone putting pesticides or spraying whole fields. Not everyone washes their fruits and vegetables and even then for those who do, much of it is just running it through the tap and not really scrubbing. And there have been suggestions as to peel the fruit, well in some cases the peels are the most healthy part.
@GardenGerty (102585)
• United States
18 May 10
I have not read that article yet, but I do always wash my fruits and vegetables. There are some that are more crucial than others as far as having pesticides on them. You may have some attention problems anyway right now as you are under a lot of stress. The pesticide use was heavier when you and I were younger, which is when it would have affected your brain development anyway. In the US they say to try to buy more US grown fruits and vegetables because we have tighter controls on the chemicals that are used on our plants.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
21 May 10
I hope the brain development does not mean that I am stupider or less intelligent. But I know that I get distracted a little bit, not as much as others. I figure if I were not as intelligent or did not have a high iq then it would have been worse. Much of our produce here comes either locally grown in the summer months, and in the other times from the States or from Chile. Our grocery stores do spray the fruits and vegetables but still it may not be enough. I do wash the vegetables, and some fruits, bot others they say not to wash them. So therein lies the problem.