Most folks will tell you that you need to eat everything and I mean EVERYTHING organic. I’m not exactly in that school of thought as I don’t care to pay double for my grocery bill each week when it’s not necessary. Believe me, if you buy EVERYTHING organic you’ll literally eat yourself out of house and home.
I know this simply from experience. I’ve had to learn the hard way that buying everything organic is unrealistic. It’s simply not sustainable for anyone.
So, I’m here to cover the facts! Organic vs Non Organic, the pros and cons! We need to understand what foods we MUST buy organic and which foods don’t matter as much.
But, before I give you the lists of foods you MUST buy organic, let’s take a look at one of the most highly pesticide laden foods: Tomatoes.
The Dirty Facts
I want to discuss with you the top pesticides that are used on Tomatoes. I believe it’s important for you, the consumer, to stay informed. Making decisions for yourself is key.
The Tomato has a wide range of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides used on it. However, I would like to cover the top 4 that are used and talk about their side effects.
The Top Pesticide Used on Tomatoes
The most widely used pesticide on tomatoes is Endosulfan II. You’ve probably never heard of it until now. However, it is the most commonly used insecticide on tomatoes. I’m glad you’re reading this article so you can learn the truth!
This stuff is down right nasty. It is considered a Xenoestrogen. What that means is that it enhances the effects of Estrogens on the body. This means that the normal estrogen you produce and consume has its effects multiplied.
Endosulfan II is on its way out but is still being used on Tomatoes. This terrible insecticide is WIDELY known as a hormone disruptor and countries around the world are banning it from use. It’s also considered a neurotoxin by the US EPA.
Your Second Widely Used Fungicide
This next one is a fairly new compound. It’s a fungicide that was discovered in Sweden and now is used widely to keep away fungus from the tomatoes we consume. Because of its short tenure there has been little research.
Like any fungicide it can cause major skin, eye or throat irritation if inhaled while applying. That may be the extent of it. We’ll see as this compound is used more widely.
One of the major things I did find in my research is that this bioaccumulates in the soil. Often times it is washing into the water supply. This could cause possible concentrations and issues in the future.
The Third Most Widely Used Compound
Ok, this one is kind of scary. Endosulfane Sulfate is used on many of the tomatoes that are produced across the world. This stuff is pretty awful and I don’t know if I would want my kid eating this.
To begin, this stuff is considered a hazardous substance by the EPA and DOT. If that doesn’t sum it up I’m not sure what will. High exposure to this insecticide can cause convulsions and coma.
Now, let’s recognize that you would be exposed to small amounts of this from a tomato. BUT STILL! I mean, if I know that drugs will kill me then should I do “just a little bit?” What’s the difference.
If this stuff is a hazardous substance, it’s a hazardous substance. Whether you have a little or a lot. Why would you want to consume this chemical? A little or a lot seems to be irrelevant.
Last BUT Not Least
Chlorothalonil is our last culprit. Bringing this fungicide to the stand is easy and almost dramatic. To think that folks are ingesting this from their tomatoes is almost ludicrous.
Once you begin to look into the research you begin to see the animal studies that have been done that show the toxicity of this stuff.
Long term exposure has shown to cause kidney damage and tumor growth in rats. For goodness sake, it is considered a Group B2 “probable human carcinogen.” It seems asenine to me that this is legal!
Conclusion on Tomatoes
It’s pretty clear what my final verdict would be here. Always make sure you buy your tomatoes organic.
With some of the pesticides, herbicides and fungicides that we’ve discussed here I would go as far as to say that if you can’t get tomatoes organic then simply don’t buy them at all.
As much as tomatoes might be good for you, if you can’t get organic tomatoes the cons definitely outweigh the pros. The truth of the matter is that you really do NOT want to expose your body to the commonly used chemicals on tomatoes. Rinsing these red candies will certainly not be enough.
The Dirty Dozen Plus+
Here is a list of the most pesticide laden fruits and veggies that you definitely want to buy organic:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Hot peppers +
The Clean 15 Plus+
- Sweet Peas
- Honeydew Melon
- Sweet Potatoes
For MORE information, check out EWG’s website at www.ewg.org.
If you have any thoughts or would like to add anything of your own please leave your comments below!!