industrial food

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Reducing your pesticide exposure from food

There are many reasons to buy organic produce, and one of the most common is to avoid pesticides that have been applied to your food. Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to buy everything we want from organic suppliers, because of availability or the higher cost. In these situations, it would be handy to know which conventional produce is likely to have the heaviest load of pesticide.

The Environmental Working Group has tested tens of thousands of samples of produce for pesticide residue, and published their results in a simple list. I've posted a copy on my refrigerator door, right by my shopping lists as a convenient reminder of what produce I really need to avoid if I can't buy organic.

Ammonia processing of hamburger

The more I look into our industrial food system, the less interested I am in being a participant. There is an article in the The New York Times about questions related to the efficacy of treating beef with ammonia to kill E. coli. Instead of dealing with the real problem, keeping the contents of the intestine from getting on the meat, Beef Products, Inc. came up with a method to gas the meat with ammonia to kill off the E. coli bacteria. And since this method is so effective, according to the USDA, the meat doesn't have to be inspected.

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