Sunday, November 18, 2007

Did someone say food?

Hey, isn't Thanksgiving coming up? Hmmm...that would be Thursday wouldn't it. Must be time to go shopping for nummy food, but before you go you might want to take a gander at this. The Environmental Working Group has put together a pocket guide of fruits and vegetables and their pesticide burden.

Why should you care about pesticides?

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.
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.

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?


Scylla said...

I am having a trip to VA beach and homemade from scratch pumpkin pies. I have a cheese punkin with my name on it!!

Woman with a Hatchet said...

Sounds fun! What's a cheese punkin?

Come home! Should I freeze you a piece of cheesecake? You could eat it for Xmas if you're coming out.

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