Pesticides in Foods
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic food sales grew by more than 7 percent last year, partly driven by consumer concern about the use of pesticides in food production and their impacts on health and the environment.
In order to reduce pesticide exposure, here are some steps to follow.
- Eating certified organic produce decreases the number of pesticides a person is exposed to because the National Organic Program bans the use of synthetic pesticides in organic production.
- If shopping at a farmer’s market, ask the producer about pest control methods used.
- Rinse, scrub and peel produce can help reduce pesticides.
- Trim fat as pesticides can accumulate in fatty tissue.
- Grow your own produce.