A decade ago (or more) I got interested in pesticides in food. I read Diet for a Poisoned Planet: How to Choose Safe Foods for You and Your Family and made some changes to what I eat and how I think about food.
One of the things that struck me was reading about how children can be harmed by pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables–and that the harm outweighed the benefits of eating them. That blew me away.
Now I have 2 children. I think about these things even more.
I was looking to see if there was an updated version, and there is. I haven’t bought it yet, though. Why? 2 reasons:
I don’t have much time to read.
I’m scared to find out what it says.
When Duncan was a baby, he got only organic food. It’s easy to feed kids organic baby food. But as he started eating what we eat…well, we don’t eat organic all of the time. It’s the same with Berry. And it troubles me.
The Environmental Working Group has info about what fruits and veggies are best and worst when it comes to pesticide residues. But what I loved about the Diet for a Poisoned Planet book is that it also talked about the effect of canning and freezing on food. In some cases, it helped remove pesticides (for example, from the peel of pears), making them OK.
So it’s on my wish list. Maybe I’ll get it for myself once I’ve finished A New Earth.