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Avoid Pesticide Residue

Avoid Pesticide Residue On Produce

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In addition to eliminating chemical pesticide use in and around the home, it is important to limit our exposure to pesticides through the food we eat. Studies show that pesticide residue on produce is a common route of exposure to harmful chemicals. Fruits and vegetables that are grown conventionally have often been exposed to many pesticides before they are shipped to our local grocery stores. If we aren’t careful, this produce could introduce harmful chemicals into our homes and bodies.

To avoid or at least limit exposure to pesticides through fruits and vegetables, you can opt to purchase organic produce. An alternative to buying certified organic produce at the grocery store is to seek out local farmers markets. At such venues you can talk directly with the farmer or with someone who is closely involved with the crop production. You can ask about their cultivation practices and choose to purchase fresh produce from those farmers who avoid pesticides. In addition to reducing the amount of pesticide residues on your produce, you will also be purchasing fresher produce.

If it is not feasible for you to purchase organic or local fruits produce, you can still reduce the pesticide residue you ingest by thoroughly washing your fruits and vegetables. The best, and most natural, way to clean your produce is simply with water and white vinegar:

  • Fill a bowl with water and add a cup of white vinegar and allow fruits and vegetables to soak,

  • Or mix approximately two cups of water and three tablespoons of white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray, scrub and rinse your produce.

 

tips to avoid pesticide residue