Fruit, Veggies and Pesticides Infographic
Fruits and veggies, the cornerstones of a healthy diet, right? In the wake of so much “organic” talk and labeling on food products these days, one has to wonder if the fruits and veggies we pick up at the super market are actually still healthy for us, when farmers and growers are using pesticides to keep the super bugs away.
This handy infographic tries to draw a correlation between eating “healthy,” that is — fruits and veggies in abundance — and what actually happens when those otherwise healthy bites are laden with pesticides. Among the negative effects, researchers have concluded that pesticide-laden fruit and vegetables may lead to health risks and complications, including nerve disorders at one extreme.
What to do? Buy organic, which signifies that no harmful pesticides were used during the production of the fruit or veggies. Beyond that, you can shop local, and take advantage of neighborhood farmer’s markets, where you have the opportunity to build a relationship directly with the grower, who will let you know exactly what they use (and what they don’t!) when they farm.