Nope, I’ll Pass on That…But Gimme Some of THAT

Posted on 15 October 2011 by Jerry

In a related editorial, Speed/Slow/Stop…or Label Genetically Modified Foods (July 10, 2011), we shared USDA statistics on adoption of genetically modified crops in the United States.   Consistent with insuring we have sound information to guide our food consumption, we’d like to share two useful lists.  The Environmental Working Group has published a list of produce and fruit with higher and lower levels of pesticide residues.  A link to the list appears below.  Topping the list of 53 produce and fruit choices with the highest levels of pesticide residues are: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, and spinach.  At the bottom of the list with the least pesticide residues are: onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocado, and asparagus.

Identifying sweet corn as one of the more pesticide free vegetables is problematic since 65% of planted acres of corn in the U.S. have been genetically modified.  You have a better chance of avoiding genetically modified foods if you buy organic.  There is an excellent article appearing in the September 25, 2011 issue of the New York Times Style Magazine.  The article, Children of the Corn, by Verlyn Klinkenborg is about an Iroquois Indian tribe’s heritage of growing natural corn.  In the article is a section entitled Essentials – Heirloom Agriculture, referencing seed catalogs for heirloom varieties, most of which – though not all – are also organic.  Cited were Comstock Garden Seeds – www.comstockfeere.com, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds – www.rareseeds.com, and Seeds of Change – www.seedsofchange.com. It also identified where one can order heirloom varieties of fruit trees, at Trees of Antiquity – www.treesofantiquity.com.  Best sources for native corn were Native Seeds/Search – www.nativeseeds.org and Sandhill Preservation Center at www.sandhillpreservation.com.  If you have land available for your own garden or crops and are looking for natural seed varieties, we would point you to these sites.

Background: In Beyond Animal, Ego and Time, in Chapter 13: Protect Life Imperative – Synthetic Biology, genetic modification is explored.  In addition, in the Genetic Engineering/Synthetic Biology category of this blog are articles that discuss some of the hazards of genetically modified crops and foods.

Use the following links for more information:

http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list

http://comstockfeere.com

http://www.rareseeds.com

http://www.seedsofchange.com

http://www.treesofantiquity.com

http://www.nativeseeds.org

http://sandhillpreservation.com

October 5, 2011, San Francisco, Genetic Engineering

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