Many farmers use pesticides a lot to ensure their crops are protected and their fields have a better yield. However, the problem with their use is that the chemicals linger on the fruits and vegetables— on the crops that end up on our tables. Some people think that they’re safe eating organic food. However, John Block’s article for the Des Moines Register explains why “organic” shouldn’t be equated with safe:
USDA’s research shows that more than 70 percent of consumers are likely to believe a food is safer, more nutritious or of higher quality if it bears the organic label. In fact, all the label signifies is that a given food has been grown, handled and processed without many of the modern techniques of conventional agriculture. The label does not even mean that a certain food was grown without pesticides. Organic foods are routinely produced with certain kinds of “organic” pesticides. Meanwhile, organic recalls due to bacterial contamination are ballooning along with the expanding market for organic food.
The presence of pesticide in your food can cause a lot of health problems, especially for children. For example, many pesticides have been linked to cancer. Several types of cancer, such as brain and prostate cancer, have been traced to pesticide exposure. An example of this chemical is methyl bromide, which is found to cause prostate cancer. Moreover, infertility has also been traced to pesticide exposure. For example, chlorpyrifos, a popular pesticide for strawberries and peaches, has been linked to lower testosterone levels. With these effects, it should become a habit for you to do a thorough fruit and vegetable wash, whether these products have been labeled organic or not. Washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly with water is just the first step though. You can go further and use effective organic cleaners from environment-friendly makers, such as iGOZEN, to give your produce a complete and careful wash. These organic cleaners even work on more than plant crops, but also on meat and fish. Another way to clean your fruit and vegetable purchase is to do a vinegar soak. Mix a 90% water and 10% vinegar solution and soak your veggies in it. Occasionally stir the mix and leave it for some time. Be careful about fruits that have soft skin though – you don’t want them to break and have the solution seep in. Finally, you can blanch and peel your vegetables. Just place them in warm water for a short time then peel them afterward. This should assure you that the produce is clean when cooking. (Source: Consumers are misled about organic safety, Des Moines Register, October 6, 2014)