Yesterday I posted some frequently asked questions from What’s On My Food. It is a great new website you should know about.
Most of what we know about pesticide residue comes from the federal government, which sets limits on how much residue can remain on foods, and which tests foods periodically to gauge compliance. Now, the Pesticide Action Network has used that data to create a pioneering consumer-friendly database it just launched at What’s On My Food. What I love about this new website, is that it has a searchable database designed to make the public problem of pesticide exposure visible and more understandable.
Find Out which Foods Are Laced with Carcinogens
This new website lets you search your favorite foods, almost 90 of them alphabetically listed, starting with almonds all the way to winter squash. The interface is simple. You choose the food and it tells you how many and which kinds of pesticides have been detected on it. It also lists the health effects of the residues found.
Whether pesticides at the low levels found on foods pose a serious health risk is a matter of debate. I am a big believer in reducing your exposure to toxic chemicals as much as you can, in the air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat or the products we put on our skin. This is why I am encourage people to eat organic foods as much as possible. Organic food is grown without the use of manmade pesticides, chemical fertilizers, genetically modified seeds and the like and much less likely, therefore, to have any pesticide residue. This website can help you decide which foods you should buy organic.
Here’s the top 12 foods you should buy organic or the most heavily pesticide laden foods.