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Concerned about pesticides in your food? by Clare Craig

Jul 02, 2011

With summer upon us, farmers markets and grocery stores are full of gorgeous fruits and vegetables in season.  Many of us are worried about all the pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals which are put on the soil and sprayed on our food, and the potential for harm to ourselves and our families, not to mention taste and nutritional value.  However, the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables far outweighs the risks of pesticide exposure from conventionally-grown produce.  Ideally all the food we eat would be grown organically on small local farms, but that can be a challenge to accomplish.  One tool you can use to reduce exposure as much as possible is this shopper’s guide.  


DIRTY DOZENbuy these organic

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines (imported) 
  7. Grapes (imported)
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries (domestic)
  11. Lettuce
  12.  Kale/collard greens

CLEAN 15 – lowest in pesticides 

1. Onions
2. Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Avocado
5. Asparagus
6. Sweet peas
7. Mangoes
8. Eggplant
9. Cantaloupe (domestic)
10. Kiwi
11. Cabbage
12. Watermelon
13. Sweet potatoes
14. Grapefruit
15. Mushrooms

Don’t forget to look for local seasonal produce at farmers markets in Nanaimo 

Bowen Park – Wednesdays 4-6:30

Downtown (Pioneer Waterfront Plaza) – Fridays 10-2

Nanaimo North (Rutherford) – Saturdays 10-2

Cedar (Crow & Gate) – Sundays 10-2


Organic farming is much more than avoidance of pesticides, so ask your grocer or farmer about how their food is grown and use your voice and your money to support your choices.

Dr. Clare Craig


Dr. Clare Craig, ND, CD(DONA)
Naturopathic Doctor
Certified Doula
Island Optimal Health & Performance

Island Optimal Health & Performance
#103-1808 Bowen Road
Nanaimo, BC   V9S 5W4


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