Why should you care about pesticides?While it's true that organic food is more expensive, there are clearly certain fruits ans vegetables that we'd be better off sticking to the organic versions. Peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery and nectarines are the top five highest ranked for pesticides and that's even after they've been washed and/or peeled as appropriate to the item. I don't like having to spend buckets of money, however I do like to be healthy, so there are areas I'm more willing to splurge on and my food is definitely it. Besides, the difference between and organic peach and a conventional one is night and day. Also, if you've ever planted your own tomatoes, you know what I'm talking about. Conventional practices can't compete with fresh, organic or home grown fruits and vegetables.
There is growing consensus in the scientific community that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can adversely affect people, especially during vulnerable periods of fetal development and childhood when exposures can have long lasting effects. Because the toxic effects of pesticides are worrisome, not well understood, or in some cases completely unstudied, shoppers are wise to minimize exposure to pesticides whenever possible.
This Thanksgiving we're having the family over at Chez Hatchet because traveling serious distances with the twins is something I'm not up to yet. This way we have the full complement of Baby Containment Devices on hand plus a Grammy, Grampy and Jenni Fasthands. Fortunately I'm just responsible for the dessert, the site and nursing, nursing, nursing.
What's for dessert you say? Pumpkin cheesecake with Bourbon whipped cream. Mmmm! I'll even photograph it for you.
So what are you having for Turkey Day?