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Peaches – the dirtiest of them all

The growing adventure started in 2010 with some basic thinking. My wife and myself became aware of many problems in the food system. More to write on that eventually… but first… starting at the top – Peaches – the dirtiest of the dirty dozen.

Peaches are the most pesticide contaminated fruit of all, one study saying 96% of peaches they tested contained pesticides, and another saying up to 53 different pesticides were found on imported peaches, some of those chemicals illegal for use on crops in the US but still acceptable in other countries that we import from. Some tested higher concentrations than values allowed by the EPA. http://www.foodnews.org/methodology.php http://www.ethicurean.com/2009/08/13/tribune-peach-study/

So what’s the solution? We quit buying conventionally grown Peaches, stop buying conventional peaches imported from other countries, grow your own or buy organic Peaches or support your local Farmers Market and get peaches locally where you can talk to the grower. We still buy organic peaches in a can out of season, but we hope they don’t have as many chemicals on them.

For fresh eating we planted a peach tree so we can enjoy our own organic peaches in season and knowing what went into growing them. We got a Florida King Peach tree since we have low chill down here in coastal Alabama. It was planted around 2/1/2010. We got 6 great looking peaches until “critters” got them. We ate 1 small one they missed and it was great. We should get a lot more this year.

Then came more trees…

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  1. fussychicken
    February 1, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Wow, had no idea Peaches were such a pesticide heavy item. Will for sure look for organic!!!

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