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Why is it called "Organic" food, when it is the organic chemicals you are avoiding?

I was thinking about some information CJ shared with me- apparently, some of the SWT grad students decided to get some bloodwork to see what toxins were in their body. Turns out the one person who is a vegetarian had the highest level of organic chemicals in his bloodstream.
Gives me cause to buy even more at Wheatsville Coop and less at HEB.

Twelve most pesticide-contaminated foods:
1. Strawberries
2. (tie) Bell Peppers, Green and Red
2. (tie) Spinach
4. Cherries, U.S.
5. Peaches
6. Cantaloupe, Mexican
7. Celery
8. Apples
9. Apricots
10. Green beans
11. Grapes, Chilean
12. Cucumbers

Sources: Environmental Working Group, compiled from FDA and EPA data; Center for Science in the Public Interest. Nutrition Action Health Letter, January-February 1995, October 1994, May 1992, December 1991.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 20th, 2004 03:47 pm (UTC)
What about "natural"?
I have always found it kind of funny that people are so into "natural" foods, and "natural" products of different types. Aside from some interesting particles we have created in particle accelerators, -everything- is natural in my opinion. :)
Jan. 20th, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC)
Now I know why I should just eat at Burger King, with 100% beef patties, and never listen to my mom, who tells me to eat fruits and vegetables.
Jan. 20th, 2004 04:24 pm (UTC)
2. (tie) Bell Peppers, Green and Red
2. (tie) Spinach
8. Apples
12. Cucumbers

I buy and eat these products religously every week, along with oranges, bananas, mushrooms, and romaine lettuce. I wash them all thoroughly, but if that's not enough, what are my options? Grow my own or should I start shopping somewhere else besides HEB?

Jan. 21st, 2004 04:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Ack!
Some HEBs have organic produce available, but you will get a better selection at Whole Foods. I buy at Wheatsville, which carries local organic. Another place is the Farmer's Market in West Lake. That's also where you can find the Pure Luck goat cheeses fresh from the farm.
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