pesticides

  1. Pesticides in new toxin scare

    The dangerous hidden chemicals in 'fresh' foods

    There's a new pesticide scandal that's about to explode.

    The latest research blows the lid off of an ugly little loophole that's kept the true risks of chemicals used on food crops HIDDEN from consumers.

    These "SECRET" ingredients can HURT you and your loved ones.

    And yet they've been given ZERO attention.

    Until now.

    It's not a problem with the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides themselves (although they're certainly bad enough on their own).

    It's that ALL of them are also loaded with a mess of OTHER chemicals and hidden ingredients.

    And many of them have NEVER been tested in humans!

    That's the loophole: The industry only has to test the "active" ingredients.

    Those are the actual pesticides, herbicides, fungicides -- whichever ingredient kills the bugs, weeds, or whatever.

    But those aren't the ONLY ingredients in the final formulas sold to both farmers and consumers.

    They contain other "inactive" ingredients called adjuvants, which are added to the mix to make the formulas easier to spray and use, as well as to add color and stop them from foaming.

    You eat all of these "inactive" chemicals with every bite of conventional produce that's been sprayed with pesticides.

    Yet there's NO requirement to test those secret ingredients!

    Glyphosate alone, for example, is already so dangerous that this weedkiller is listed as a "probable carcinogen" by the World Health Organization's cancer agency.

    But all of the adjuvants added to the formulas sold for actual use on crops can be 1,000 times more toxic to human cells, according to the new study.

    The scientists behind this study are calling for more research to expose these risks, and that's great.

    But I wouldn't hold my breath waiting on those studies.

    Take action now.

    The best way to avoid pesticides -- and all the other chemicals routinely dumped onto "fresh" produce -- is to go organic.

    Realistically speaking, that's not always possible.

    It's not just a matter of cost. Sometimes, organic versions of the foods you want and need simply aren't available.

    In those cases, you'll need to wash them -- but don't waste your money on the supermarket produce washes.

    Studies show that they don't work!

    There are, however, a few tricks that will. The simplest of all is mixing baking soda and water and then soaking your fruits and vegetables in the blend for about 15 minutes.

    This wash won't always remove all of it -- especially in cases where the chemicals have seeped under the skin and into the fruit or vegetable itself -- but it will help to minimize your exposure and the risks that come along with it.

  2. Pesticides cover strawberries, other fruits

    The bitter truth about strawberries

    There's nothing sweeter than a fresh strawberry in early spring.

    Some of them are so delicious they can bring tears to your eyes... but maybe it's not the fruit itself causing you to cry.

    An alarming new report finds that one of the chemicals used on non-organic strawberries is the main ingredient in tear gas!

    That may not even be the worst of it, either.

    The new report from Environmental Working Group finds so many chemicals are used on strawberries that 99 percent of all non-organic samples tested positive for at least one of them.

    Many had multiple chemicals, and 29 percent had TEN or more!

    Along with chloropicrin, which is the active ingredient in tear gas, some strawberries contained a cancer-linked chemical called 1,3-dichloropropene; and 20 percent contained the hormone-disruptor carbendazim.

    All three are so widely recognized as dangerous that they're banned in Europe.

    But not here, where EWG found some 74 chemicals routinely used in different combinations on U.S. strawberries -- enough to put them at the top of the group's annual "Dirty Dozen" list.

    That's not a list you want to be on. It's a list of the conventional produce with the highest levels of pesticides and other chemicals.

    Number two on the list this year is spinach, which has twice as many pesticides by weight than any other crop.

    Strawberries and spinach -- as well as peaches, nectarines, apples, and cherries -- contain so many chemicals that nearly every single sample tested contained at least one, and many contained two or more.

    Pears, grapes, celery, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, and potatoes rounded out the rest of the "dirty dozen."

    If you're not buying everything organic, at least make a point of paying extra for those to cut your risk of exposure.

    On the flipside, some non-organic fruits and vegetables are so clean that you can safely buy the cheaper conventional versions if you're looking to save a few bucks.

    Ninety-nine percent of avocado and sweet corn were chemical-free, along with 80 percent of the pineapples, papayas, asparagus, onions and cabbage tested.

    Frozen sweet peas, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melons, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower, and grapefruit made up the rest of the "Clean 15" list.

    Of course, being "chemical-free" isn't always the same as being "safe."

    Most papayas from Hawaii, for example, are genetically modified, as are some types of sweet corn.

    Since we still don't have common-sense labeling laws, it's hard to tell what's what -- so if you're not sure, or if it doesn't say "non-GMO," you might be better off purchasing organics, just to be safe.

  3. Pesticides found on 98% of non-organic strawberries

    Pesticides are being heavily overused by today’s factory farms, and a new report finds 98 percent of their strawberries tested positive for these chemicals.
  4. Pesticides block aldehyde dehydrogenase

    A dozen commonly used pesticides can increase your risk of Parkinson's disease, new research finds.
  5. Could an apple a day drive LDL cholesterol down?

    Research shows that apples may rival statins in their cholesterol-fighting abilities. One study found that this delicious fall fruit could reduce LDL cholesterol levels by an astounding 40 percent in just a month.
  6. Apples can slash LDL cholesterol

    An apple a day can keep the statins away, as new research finds the fruit can actually cut levels of LDL cholesterol by up to 40 percent in just 30 days.
  7. Learn which foods use genetically modified ingredients

    Food manufacturers are fighting tooth and nail to keep you from learning, which foods use genetically modified ingredients. Here's your chance to fight back.
  8. Lice cases grow as drugs fail

    Lice are on the march in schools and summer camps as they build resistance to drugs. Find out the best natural treatments instead.
  9. Apples top pesticide list

    I know it feels like summer has only just begun, but fall is right around the corner -- and that means apple season is almost here. Don't be fooled by the apples you'll find in the supermarket year 'round -- most of them are actually months old... and you won't believe the tricks they use to keep them fresh.

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