Strawberries contaminated with pesticides and grown with poisonous gases

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strawberries(NaturalHealth365) The U.S. grows an estimated 3 billion+ pounds of strawberries each year, with California producing over 90 percent of them. (Much of the rest are grown in Florida.) However, non-organic versions of this delicious fruit have proven not-so-delicious.

Independent testing has shown that non-organic strawberries are loaded with pesticides and poison gases. They have been at the top of the “Dirty Dozen” list for years and are considered “highly likely” to contain pesticide residue even after being washed. Other fruits and vegetables on the “Dirty Dozen” list include spinach, apples, nectarines, peaches and pears.

The reason WHY certain fruits get MORE pesticide contamination

Any fruit or vegetable with thin skin is at high risk for contamination. However, strawberries were found by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to contain around 8 pesticides for each sample taken – more than any other type of produce. The average for all produce types is 2.3 pesticides.

Over 30 percent of strawberries showed over 10 pesticide residues, and the dirtiest of the bunch tested for a startling 21 different kinds of pesticides.

In addition to pesticides, researchers also found traces of poisonous gases on non-organic strawberries. Bifenthrin and Carbendazim were found on one-third of all tested strawberry samples. These chemicals are associated with numerous health problems including neurological issues, reproductive damage, developmental problems and cancer.

The non-toxic advantage of organic strawberries

While in some cases just traces of these chemicals are left on the fruit after washing, over time these toxins can accumulate in the body. Gas poisoning and pesticide poisoning can occur over time as the body’s defenses are worn down.

Over time, this paves the way for the compromising of the immune system, leaving the body open to a range of diseases and health problems. Similar testing in Europe and other parts of the world has uncovered the same issues with pesticides in non-organic strawberries grown there.

If there is any “good” news to be found in all of this, it is the fact that organic strawberries did not show issues with pesticides or poisonous gases. The simple solution to avoiding pesticide poisoning from strawberries is to go organic – something that increasing numbers of people are doing already.

Reduce pesticide poisoning by 90 percent in just one week by going organic

A Journal of Environmental Research study has shown that consuming an organic diet for just one week can reduce the pesticide levels in your system by as much as 90 percent! With such a dramatic difference in the quality of organic fruits and vegetables versus non-organic, the choice is a no-brainer.

While organic fruits and vegetables cost more, the benefits to your health are priceless. At the very least, strive to always choose organic versions of the items on the “Dirty Dozen” list to minimize your exposure to pesticides, poisonous gases and other harmful chemicals.

Editor’s note: I LOVE going to the local farmer’s market.  It’s a great way to find organic fruits and vegetables at a fraction of the cost.  Plus, it’s a nice way to make new friends and support local (healthy) agriculture.

Sources for this article include:

EWG.org

EWG.org

USAToday.com

ScienceDirect.com

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  • wc

    Not if they come from China

  • GoldenAutumn

    Great piece! I respectfully disagree with finding organic at the farmer’s market. Where I live, our farmer’s markets (I’ve been to a few) sadly regularly sell GMO food, and conventionally pesticide laden produce in both fruit and vegetable forms. It is sad that one can’t even trust the farmer’s markets to be safe place in avoiding toxic or GMO food. Even sadder is the fact that there are more conventionally-grown produce sold there than organic. I addressed this with the committee that organizes the Farmer’s Market in our area to which they agreed but said that the response was far better from the conventional farmers than the organic. What is wrong with this picture? The tragedy is that we can no longer always rely on the Farmer’s Market to be a safe bet. We need to constantly be on the alert and ask questions of each individual vendor. If they are conventional, be prepared of the likelihood to receive a reluctance to answer the question, or the cold shoulder when asked if their food is genetically modified or treated with pesticides. I no longer shop at the Farmer’s Market where I live and that grieves me. Instead I have to shop at our coop which is considerably more expensive but at least I know that it is organic when stated as such.

  • dmprisk

    A lot of Organic farms shoot any animals that dare to come into it. Birds, Bunnies, Squirrels, because they eat their product and then they can’t sell it with a bird bite or squirrel bite. I have a lot of fruit trees, and we laugh at the little squirrels that help themselves. A friend told us to get traps, we looked at him like he had two heads. WTF! I get more enjoyment from the critters and I can share. I’m just sad to hear about these farms shooting these animals. I know why they feel they have to do this, but I still feel so sad….

    • tamajam10

      I have a hard time believing this as it seems to be contrary to an ‘organic mentality’. However, I would like to know for certain if this is the case. Do you have any evidence to support your statement that organic farmers shoots “any animals that dare to come into it.”?

    • Suzy

      I agree. We try to keep the birds and critters out of our crops with physical barriers, but we are happy to share with them and we get pleasure watching them.

  • Rose Tatum

    The World Health Organization recently announced that malathion and diazinon are probable carcinogens. That may make a case against these pesticides, but in truth it will not stop its use. There is nothing prohibiting its use and that is the problem.

  • Georgie Song

    That a real “Shame”, I come from strawberry country in California, Watsonville.I believed the farm also offered organic strawberry too. According to the Health Ranger, his testing shows that the SEED in strawberry has the STRONGEST binding ability for heavy metal. He said the “string” white fiber that grows from the berry to the seed CANNOT BE DISSOLVED WITH THE STRONGEST ACID HE USED in his testing. Strawberry seeds and all seed that OUTSIDE the berry has binding capacity for heavy metal like mercury.

  • Suzy

    Our current environment gives new meaning to the phrase “hunter gatherer.” It’s not as physically demanding as what our paleo ancestors faced, but it is certainly a huge chore to find uncompromised food.