When going on your grocery run, you’ll undoubtedly see a selection of organically grown foods for you to select from. This is great news for your health!
In the past decade, the negative effects of pesticides have been discovered and people are turning to healthy alternatives to food growing and consumption in order to avoid the pesticide levels in fruits and vegetables. Enter the organic food movement where food producers and consumers alike believe that food is for nourishment and not a daily form of exposure to harmful chemicals we wouldn’t want entering our bodies.
But what’s the deal with pesticides and our health? Think of it this way. Pesticides are designed to kill or repel a multitude of organisms such as rodents, insects, algae, microbes, and bacteria. If produce contains poison that can kill, it doesn’t make much sense to consume it.
The argument here though is our exposure to pesticides is much less since it gets washed off during food preparation. Unfortunately, even in small quantities, consumption of various types of pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables have been linked to diseases, regardless of the amount.
Harmful effects of pesticides
When considering the harmful effects of pesticides on fruit and vegetables, know that chronic exposure, as in consuming foods containing pesticides everyday, has been linked to several disorders due to the toxic burden it puts on your body. Below are just some of the pesticides in fruits and vegetables list, and the type of diseases they have been linked to causing.
- Aldrin: Cancer, infertility
- Chlorpyriphos: Nerve damage
- Chlorofenvinfos: Developmental, reproductive and neurological damage
- Chlordane: Hampers nervous system, lung, liver, eyes, and kidney function
- DDT: Cancer, hormone imbalance, and infertility
- Endosulfan-T: DNA mutation, hormone disorders and neurotoxicity
- Quinalphos: Developmental, reproductive and neurological damage
What can you do?
As consumers, you have the power to dictate how food producers grow their food. Choose organically grown produce as much as possible wherever, whenever. Organic food purchases can slowly but surely shape the selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, and hopefully food producers will follow suit to the point where organically grown foods are available everywhere for everyone.