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March 1, 2012

Demonstration … Why Organic Produce Is Better

This little girl did her homework!

Chlorpropham is a plant growth regulator used for preemergence control of grass weeds in alfalfa, lima and snap beans, blueberries, cane berries, carrots, cranberries, ladino clover, garlic, seed grass, onions, spinach, sugar beets, tomatoes, safflower, soybeans, gladioli and woody nursery stock. It is also used to inhibit potato sprouting and for sucker control in tobacco.

According to regulations, “Products containing chlorpropham must bear the signal word ‘Caution’.” Have you ever seen a produce item in the grocery store with the word “Caution” on it? … I haven’t.

Chlorpropham is what is called a systemic pesticide. It is absorbed by the roots of the plant and travels throughout the flesh of the plant.

Source: Extension Toxicology Network

Food For Thought …

Onions and sweet potatoes are listed on the Environmental Working Group’s “Clean 15” list. It doesn’t mean that these items have “0” pesticides on them, but rather a low level.

What’s On My Food? is another source for checking pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables that gives a lot more detail and the actual names of the pesticides found. So, if you want to see how the “Clean 15,” or any other produce items that you are curious about, really stack up, you can check it out here.


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