Why we MUST EAT Organic Strawberries.
Life in southern California is blessed with a wide array of fruits and veggies year-round. Cali is the largest producer of strawberries in the United States, but beware: California strawberry growers are using a highly toxic pesticide listed by the state as a known cancer-causing chemical (despite vocal oppositions from public health experts, environmentalists and farm workers.) This highly toxic chemical is also linked to late-term miscarriage, thyroid disease and permanent neurological damage.
Despite this, and over the objections of 2 dozen California legislators and 54 scientists, including 5 Nobel laureates, methyl iodide was cleared for use on a national level by the Bush administration in 2007.
About a year and a half ago the State Department of Pesticide Regulation gave final approval to permit the use of methyl iodide, a fumigant designed to eradicate bacteria, weeds and insects from growing soils. State officials insist the pesticide, a liquid that is injected into the soil, will be applied only by specialists (so what?!!!), and treated areas will be covered by impermeable tarps (again, so what?!!!)
Strawberries are naturally packed with healthy antioxidants, rivaling citrus fruits for vitamin C content (98mg), and have 3.3g of fiber, 40mcg of folate and 254mg of potassium.
Unfortunately, conventionally grown strawberries rank in the top 10 pesticide-ridden fruits and veggies. Be aware! Know that if you choose to buy conventionally grown strawberries (non organic), you are poisoning yourself.
Enjoy our healthy berry recipesdu jour.