Erica Wides - March 21, 2017
Lists, lists, lists. Grocery lists, guest lists, to-do lists… ”Top ten places to live!”, “Five best ways to defy aging!” “Worst celebrity pet outfits!” lists. We’re swimming in lists. There are even lists to help you organize your lists! So many lists…so little time.
But here at Rosemary and Vine we like one list in particular, a lot. It’s a list that’s published by the Environmental Working Group, www.ewg.org, and it’s called the “Dirty Dozen”. It is a list of the twelve fruits and/or vegetables that are most likely to contain pesticide residue.
We all know that we should eat as many vegetables and fruits as possible for our optimal health, but it’s important to consider the health of the food we eat, too. So we use the DD list as our guide when purchasing our ingredients, and also in designing our menus.
Why worry about pesticides? Well, the EWG says; “pesticides are toxic by design. They are created expressly to kill living organisms - insects, plants and fungi that are considered "pests." Many pesticides pose health dangers to people and these risks have been confirmed by independent scientists and physicians across the world.
As acknowledged by U.S. and international government agencies, different pesticides have been linked to a variety of health problems, including: brain and nervous system toxicity, cancer, hormone disruption and skin, eye and lung irritation”
You can limit your exposure to pesticides greatly, by buying organic produce. Organic standards forbid the use of chemical pesticides in farming, and luckily, organic options abound these days. In fact, EWG even publishes another list, the “Clean Fifteen” This is a list of fruits and vegetables that have the least pesticide residue, and don’t necessarily need to be organic. Some of our favorites are on the clean list, like avocados, eggplant and cauliflower. Those are all on our menu, and we couldn’t be happier that they’re some of the cleanest choices.
So forget the “ten best sock colors for your cat!” and stick to what matters. What you eat! Your body and the planet will thank you!