Every year, over 600 million pounds of herbicides and pesticides are used on crops in the United States. Chemicals with alarming sounding names like daminozide, copper arsenate, and PCNB are sprayed daily onto our food supply to increase yields and reduce consumption by invading bugs. Even though these pesticides are used in an effort to control insects and disease, experts estimate that less than 5% of the pesticide used actually serves its purpose. The remainder is left to be absorbed into the air, water, and soil. Over time, these latent chemicals find their way into our food and can have long-term health risks, including cancer and birth defects.
How much is too much? According to the website, What’s on My Food?, an apple grown in this country today can contain over 40 separate pesticide residues as identified by the USDA Pesticide Data Program. These residues are related chemicals that have been broken down from their original form into potentially even more harmful components. These toxins include known carcinogens and suspected neurotoxins that may over time dramatically alter our health.
Chemicals that were once widely used in this country and were found to negatively impact our health now are banned, but we can’t be certain that the latest pesticides won’t ultimately fall into the same category. Cases of pesticide poisoning are still reported annually, and public concern about monitoring programs is growing. While the Food and Drug Agency (FDA) is responsible for enforcing EPA limits on the use of artificial chemicals and fertilizers in our food source, the simple fact remains that we cannot monitor every piece of food that is grown in the country.
And that’s just in our own country. Pesticides that are banned from use here still make their way to countries like Mexico and China, and the food grown there is shipped right back to us. Some chemicals, such as DDT and aldrin are still in use today in developing countries, and while US regulations on imports of tainted fruits and vegetables are strictly laid out, they are loosely enforced. It’s a sad but sobering fact that while we usually think we’re eating from local farms, state-owned firms and multinational companies have powerful control over the food that goes into our juicers and on our plates.
This isn’t fear-mongering, it’s simply the way our system works. At Best Juicer, we don’t want to promote the notion there is a worldwide conspiracy to make people sick, but that there’s a definite problem in the produce we eat. It’s the end result of our constant need to get food cheaper, quicker, and have more availability than our growing region could provide. It is a tangled web of chemicals and money with a long history and no immediate signs of change.
What Can I Do?
As the full scope of the impact of these chemicals may not be known for years, there is something you can do RIGHT NOW as a consumer of produce: switch to organic for all your juicing.
Using organic fruits and vegetables for all your juicing simply means a switch in thinking. As the term, “organic” implies produce that is grown without the aid of synthetic chemicals, most grocery stores have an organic section that can support all juicing styles. Leafy greens and tropical fruits can be found alongside non-organics, and while they are more expensive, by being organic they are certified to be herbicide-free.
That’s right, it’s more expensive. We get it-and yes, it’s a tough choice to make each and every time you have to make it. We understand that you’ve probably bought a new juicer (that you read about on www.bestjuicersite.org, we hope) and now you need to save money, right? Well, ask yourself, why did you buy that appliance? Why are you juicing in the first place? Maybe to lose weight, get in shape or simply eat healthier? Whatever your motives, by juicing you are making a choice to put better stuff inside your body. And what better way than by making sure that the output from that awesome juicer is the very best it can be?
Even though buying organics for your juicing means that you will be spending more money, it’s cash well-spent. For every dollar you spend on organic produce, it’s one less dollar that potentially goes to the multi-national companies that promote the problem in the first place. By juicing only with organics, you are usually helping to support your local farmers as well. As organic produce can’t travel as far as fruits and vegetables that were produced with pesticides and irradiated, they must come from the local farms and co-ops. These cooperatives and local businesses return so much more to your local economy than the big organizations that market most of our food.
In addition to your local support, you are usually guaranteed to get produce that is fresher, better tasting and more in season for your juicing when you buy organic. When it comes down to it, the extra cost becomes money well spent. You reduce your risk of exposure to chemicals we know very little about long-term, and you’ll have peace of mind that you’re supporting change in the process.
If you’ve done the time to research and spend your hard-earned money on the best juicer you can buy, it makes sense to also do the same with the very produce you’ll be drinking.