Category Archives: Food Safety

Strawberry Seedlings Now Available

Strawberries have made the EWGs Dirty Dozen list for at least 5 years and this year they topped the list!  Yes, those bright red, sweet treats have been found to contain more pesticides than any other fruit or vegetable they tested!

But why should you be worried?

From the EWG website – Pesticides are toxic by design. They are created expressly to kill living organisms — insects, plants and fungi that are considered “pests.” Many pesticides pose health dangers to people and these risks have been confirmed by independent research scientists and physicians across the world.

Could Kale be Poisoning You?

Who doesn’t love Kale?  Well ok, it’s not everyone’s favorite but it sure is a powerhouse when it comes to nutrition. steamed kale has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Regular consumption has been linked to reducing at least five types of cancer, including: bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate. It’s powerful compounds known as glucosinolates have even been found to regulate detoxification at the genetic level. And that’s not to mention its superfood status when it comes to other nutrients like vitamin K, A, calcium and a group of compounds known as flavonoids, of which kale has more than just about any other vegetable.kale-792988_1280

But, it can’t all be good, can it?In a recent blog known as “The Vegetable Detective” Todd Oppenheimer raised the concern that kale, even organic kale, while healthy in moderate amounts, could (at least in theory) be linked to thallium poisoning. He reported that Ernie Hubbard, a molecular biologist with a background in biochemistry and genetics in Marin County, California, found that a surprising number of his private practice clients reported the same symptoms: chronic fatigue, heart arrhythmias, skin and hair issues, neurological problems, foggy thinking, digestive troubles and gluten-sensitivity, to name a few. So when a company contacted him to test a detoxification product “ZNatural” it was developing to bind (or “chelate”) to toxins like heavy metals to eliminate them in the urine, he agreed.

Twenty clients agreed to try the product and Hubbard went to work testing their urine samples. High levels of the heavy metal thallium kept showing up. According to Oppenheimer, around the same time, Hubbard found a study that found cruciferous vegetables are excellent accumulators of heavy metals, including thallium. Cruciferous vegetables include: kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, collard and mustard greens. While considering kale’s explosion in popularity, Hubbard reportedly made the link between kale and possible thallium toxicity.

Does that mean we should stop eating this nutrient dense superstar?  Of course not!  Grow it in a Tower Garden and you don’t have to worry about contaminated soil.

7 Tips for buying Organic produce without breaking the bank

It is hard to fully appreciate the impact the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides will have on our earth and future generations. Buying organic is not only good for you, it is good for the earth too! But organic produce can be expensive, but it really doesn’t have to break the bank. Check out our tips on making organic produce affordable. “We can either pay the farmer, or pay the hospital.”  It’s up to us!