Pesticides -The Dirty Dozen

Every year the Environmental Working Group(EWG) puts together a Shoppers Guide to Pesticide in Produce. This outlines which produce is the most important to buy organic and which are comparatively safer to buy conventionally grown.

Pesticides in Our Water

Why should you care about this at all? First, pesticide use is bad for the environment. On land, pesticides get in the groundwater through a process called leaching. This groundwater is now contaminated and harmful to people to drink. The pesticides used kill all insects, even those that are beneficial to the crop and soil.

Pesticides also run off into water sources such as a river, pond, or the ocean. Fish and other wildlife who live in the now contaminated water get sick and die, which changes the whole ecosystem. Maybe you don't care too much about the environment, but you care about yourself. There are tons of studies that show the correlation between pesticides and cancer, Alzheimer's disease, birth defects, ADHD, endocrine disruption and reproductive harm. Exposure can also cause acute conditions like headaches, and nausea.

Pesticides and Children

We should not knowingly put chemicals in our body that are proven to be harmful both long and short term. Sadly, the most significant impact from pesticide use is on children. Exposure to the most common pesticides used negatively impacts the developing central nervous system (our future leaders' brain!)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that infants and children may be especially sensitive to health risks posed by pesticides for several reasons:

  • Their internal organs are still developing and maturing,
  • In relation to their body weight, infants and children eat and drink more than adults, possibly increasing their exposure to pesticides in food and water.
  • Certain behaviors-such as playing on floors or lawns or putting objects in their mouths-increase a child's exposure to pesticides used in homes and yards.
Pesticides may harm a developing child by blocking the absorption of important food nutrients necessary for normal healthy growth. Another way pesticides may cause harm is if a child's excretory system is not fully developed, the body may not fully remove pesticides. Also, there are "critical periods" in human development when exposure to a toxin can permanently alter the way an individual's biological system operates."

Still, hundreds of toxic pesticides have passed regulations despite the evidence of being harmful. You cannot rely on a protection agency for any protection. Pesticides are even found in mother's breast milk.

Protect Yourself From Pesticides

What can you do for the environment, yourself, or at least your children? You need to be proactive, because the government isn't taking this as serious as they should.

1. Grow your own produce. You will know exactly how it was produced! Our family grows our vegetables in an Areoponic TowerGarden which uses no dirt and 90% less water then a conventional garden. And in our area we grow our own vegetables year round!

2. Take Juice Plus+. This gives you 30 fruits, vegetables, berries and grains everyday that are pesticide free and tested 3 times to insure that there is not a trace before they go into your body! Juice Plus+ is produced at state-of-the-art facilities that meet or exceed highest food industry standards and is NSF certified (the highest certification that a food product can receive). And kids between the ages of 4-college students get Juice Plus+ for free!

3. Buy organic produce and eliminate household pesticides. Here is the 2013 “Dirty Dozen” in order from most to least pesticide-ridden:

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Cucumbers
  • Potatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Kale/collard greens *
  • Summer squash*
  • *Crops that don’t meet the traditional Dirty Dozen standards but are found to be frequently contaminated with toxic pesticides.
It really is common sense that people should not ingest chemicals. And with a little more awareness and some extra work you can make it happen for you, your family and the environment.

Contact us today to learn more about how you can protect your health. Phone: 760-519-0038 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.