“Danger Signs: Monsanto Weed Killer Causes Animal Mutations”

“Danger Signs: Monsanto Weed Killer Causes Animal Mutations

The world’s most popular weed killer, Monsanto’s Roundup, a systemic, broad-spectrum herbicide, can induce morphological changes in vertebrate skeletal animals, say U.S. biologists studying its effect on amphibians. A study by Univesrity of Pittsburgh researchers says the poison, tested in environmentally relevant concentrations, caused the shapes of two species of amphibians to change. The study is the first to show these dangerous consequences.
The presence of predators can cause tadpoles to change shape by altering their stress hormones, but similar shape changes seen after exposure to Roundup suggest the weed killer may interfere with teh hormones of tadpoles, and potentially, many other animals. The development is important because amphibians not only serve as a barometer of an ecosystem’s health, but also as an indicator of potential dangers to other species in the food change, including humans.”

-Natural Awakenings Magazine, August 2012

Monsanto is the largest seed producer in the world…during the Vietnam War, in combined effort with Dow Chemical, produced Agent Orange for the chemical warfare program (Operation Ranch Hand). Read more on Monsanto at your own discretion 🙂

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The Dirty Dozen & the Clean 15

The Truth: Fruits & Veggies Pesticide Content — Buyers Beware!

In 2009, the EWG provided 2 fruits and vegetable lists known as “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean 15”. These lists outline foods that have the highest pesticide use and should be bought organic, and fruits and veggies that are the lowest in pesticides. The safest choice is to go organic, but it is not always financially feasible (although people should spend money on this over other materialistic things). Washing and peeling does not reduce the pesticide content; when pesticides are used, they are taken up by the whole plant. The pesticide is in the dirt, the roots, etc.

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Dirty Dozen: 

Buy these organic…ranking starts from the worst/most pesticide infested (1) to less pesticide use (12)

1. Celery

2. Peaches

3. Strawberries

4. Apples

5. Blueberries

6. Nectarines

7. Bell Peppers

8. Spinach

9. Cherries

10. Kale/Collard Greens

11. Potatoes

12. Grapes (Imported)

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Clean 15

Lowest in Pesticides…Ranking from best (1) to increased pesticide use (15)

1. Onions

2. Avocados

3. Sweet Corn

4. Pineapple

5. Mangoes

6. Sweet Peas

7. Asparagus

8. Kiwi

9. Cabbage

10. Eggplant

11. Cantaloupe

12. Watermelon

13. Grapefruit

14. Sweet Potato

15. Honeydew Melon

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P.S. Although this is from 2009, I would still go organic because pesticide use is still incredibly prevalent.