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Friday, October 26, 2007

Please don't eat the pesticides

The most e-mailed article on the New York Times site the last few days has been one titled "Five Easy Ways to Go Organic." It's featured on the newspaper's health blog, Well.

The article, which is addressed to parents, makes the point that some conventionally grown produce is safer than others, depending on its tendency to absorb pesticides. Thus, you should try to buy organic apples, but not worry so much about bananas. I found this interesting:

Potatoes: Potatoes are a staple of the American diet — one survey found they account for 30 percent of our overall vegetable consumption. A simple switch to organic potatoes has the potential to have a big impact because commercially-farmed potatoes are some of the most pesticide-contaminated vegetables. A 2006 U.S.D.A. test found 81 percent of potatoes tested still contained pesticides after being washed and peeled, and the potato has one of the the [sic] highest pesticide contents of 43 fruits and vegetables tested, according to the Environmental Working Group.

Read the entire post here.

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