the dirty dozen

    The Dirty Dozen is a list of the top 12 fruits and vegetables most laced with pesticide residue. This list includes strawberries, spinach, tomatoes, celery, potatoes, lettuce/kale and more. Sure, you can avoid pesticides by spending a fortune buying organic produce at the grocery store or farmer’s market, but here’s a little secret: You can save a ton of money, feel better, and know exactly what’s going into your food by growing vegetables and fruits yourself. It’s so simple, and even the kids can help.

    Food Distribution

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    First, food distribution businesses came up with the organic label, saying that organic means the food wasn’t sprayed with any pesticides or herbicides during growing. This was after finding that high levels of these chemicals can cause health problems. So then the media started telling people to avoid what they called the “dirty dozen” — foods that intake a lot of herbicides into their inside areas, like peppers, peaches and cauliflower.
    Now, others are saying that there aren’t unsafe levels of herbicides in conventional produce. This leaves consumers not knowing what to believe. In some cases, we’re hearing that produce distributors are shipping food with herbicide levels over the allowed limits designated by USDA. That’s enough for a lot of people to buy organic, despite what anyone will tell them. After all, you can’t test the food in the supermarket — there’s no way to know.


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    Herbicide is only one of the issues with supermarket food distribution. Food manufacturers that process fresh fruits and vegetables have to ship these items over the country and worldwide. So they use various processes that might not be that good for you.
    For example, did you know that lettuce and other greens are put under a process of radiation before shipping? It helps to keep them fresher — but what does all this processing really do? People who have questions often start buying foods that are grown locally instead — and the local food movement is born.


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    It costs a lot of money to ship all of that produce around the country, and it costs a lot of money for supermarkets to maintain the enjoyable experiences that we have when shopping in their stores. So that cost is passed on to the customer. That’s not to mention all the money spent driving around to stores.

    The Hydroponics Difference

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    With hydroponics, you cut out the middleman. You grow food right in your backyard or in the corner of your home or business. You harvest when you want to, and you use what you gather, and you skip the trips to the store. When you want to eat something, you don’t buy and pay for it – you pluck it off of the vine and eat it.

    To Recap:

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    Stop Buying Produce with Pesticides and Start Growing Your Own Organic Fruits & Vegetables

    Save money. (Studies show the average family saves well over $1,000 by growing their own food.)

    Get healthy by eating organic produce and spending a little nurturing the growth of your own veggies. (Freshly picked food is higher in nutrients and improves physical health.)

    Know precisely what is – and is not – in your food.

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    For even further reading on hydroponics, click here.

    Written By: Jane Laker

    Photo Credit: Veronika Kovecses

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