If you can’t afford or just don’t have access to Organic food…don’t worry, there are still ways to protect yourself from the pesticides.
- Buy fresh vegetables and fruits in season. When long storage and long-distance shipping are not required, fewer pesticides are used on the produce.
- Trim tops and the very outer portions of celery, lettuce, cabbages, and other leafy vegetables that may contain the bulk of pesticide residues.
- Peel and cook when appropriate, even though some nutrients and fiber are lost in the process.
- Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. This would limit exposure to any one type of pesticide residue.
- Purchase only fruits and vegetables that are subject to USDA regulations. Produce imported from other countries is not grown under the same regulations as enforced by the USDA. Examples are strawberries and cantaloupes from Mexico.
- Wait until just before preparation to wash or immerse your produce in clean water. When appropriate, scrub with a brush. Experts at the University of California-Berkeley report that this removes nearly all insects and dirt, as well as bacteria and some pesticide residues.
- Special soaps or washes are not needed and could be harmful to you, depending on their ingredients. Read the label of any product before buying. Cold water is perfectly fine.
For Meats, Poultry, & Fish:
- Trim the fat from meat, and fat and skin from poultry and fish. Residues of some pesticides concentrate in animal fat.