August’s Change was to take the one thing that you eat the most off the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list, and buy it organically from now on. We went on to learn why, gathered further resources, and finished the month with the Clean Fifteen list and some recipes to eat more from this list!
August 2018 | Choose the food you eat the most from the EWG's "Dirty Dozen" list, and buy it organic (in all forms). The list includes: Strawberries Spinach Nectarines Apples Peaches Pears Cherries Grapes Celery Tomato Capsicum and Chillis Potatoes These are the most contaminated fresh foods on the market. Anything else you buy soak in vinegar & water (1:3) for 30min or peel. #makeonechangeaugust2018
From @choiceaustralia , an article on pesticides and strawberries. If you chose strawberries as your one thing to grow organically, this is why! There's also some great tips on buying the best berries for you! Full article: https://www.choice.com.au/food-and-drink/food-warnings-and-safety/pesticides/articles/strawberries-test-reveals-health-concerns (or seach "strawberries and pesticides" , it was the 3rd article from the top!) #makeonechangeaugust2018
Of you chose spinach, here's why! There's also some great reasons to continue eating it (organically)! Full article: https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/spinach-dirty-dozen-pesticides/amp/ Also, there's an opposing side to the "dirty dozen", the "clean fifteen". These foods are the safest to by conventionally, helping avoid the organic cost hit!! #makeonechangeaugust2018 2018
A little off topic for August's change: choose the one fruit or vegetable that you eat the most from @environmentalworkinggroup 's Dirty Dozen, and buy it organic… Until you think of it like this: it is not just one exposure to one pesticide that's going to give you cancer, it's the sheer volume of hundreds toxins assaulting us daily in the food we eat, what we put on our skin, and what we breathe. One exposure is almost certainly "safe" but when we scale our exposure, the same way this meme describes the plastic problem, it is an "a ha" moment for sure… #Repost @the.eco.warrior (@get_repost) • • • Make a difference 💚 #truth #plasticsucks ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #zerowaste #zerowastelifestyle #reuse #nowaste #sustainablelifestyle #plasticfreejuly2018 #zerowastehome #minimalism #zerowastelife #yayforearth #giveashit #packagefree #zerowaste #plasticfreejuly #plasticfree #reuse #noplastic #recycle #upcycle #zerowasteliving #reducereuserecycle #saynotostraws #lesswaste #sustainableliving #earthfriendly #zerowastejourney #plasticfreeliving #zerowastesolutions 📷 @rmandersoncreative )⠀#makeonechangeaugust2018
So it turns out that celery makes the "World's Healthiest Foods" list and it comes in yellow and deep green varieties!! This is an excellent article breaking down the research on celery, and also why we buy organic stuff: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=14 @whfoodsdotcom #makeonechangeaugust2018
The irony with chilli making the "dirty dozen" is that they are ridiculously easy to grow (on Sydney's Northern Beaches anyway). Unlike other home grown veggies, it's usually pretty easy to grow as much as you need to eat! Read more on growing chilli here: https://www.sgaonline.org.au/capsicum-and-chilies/ #makeonechangeaugust2018
On the flip side is the @environmentalworkinggroup 's "Clean Fifteen". Buy all these foods conventionally, if they're grown in Australia, and sleep easy 😊😊😊 The list includes: Avocado Sweet Corn (non GMO, remember to read the package if it's canned or frozen) Pineapple Cabbage Onions Sweet Peas (frozen) Papaya (non GMO, check) Asparagus Mango Eggplant Honeydew Kiwis Canteloupes/Rockmelon Cauliflower Broccoli @bonniewiles this is for you, stick em in that smoothie with a clear conscience! #makeonechangeaugust2018
If you chose potatoes, this is why. Unfortunately peeling the potato doesn't make much difference because it's a root vegetable… something to keep in mind. Also keep in mind this guideline is just regular potatoes, not sweet potato, which is another vegetable entirely! Full article: http://www.farmtoforktexas.com/farmtoforkblog/2015/5/22/conventional-vs-organic-potatoes-1 from @farmtoforktexas #makeonechangeaugust2018
So you're buying ONE of the #dirtydozen foods, that you eat the most, organically. However I've probably instilled a hint of fear in the other 11 foods. So for the next week we are going to focus on the @environmentalworkinggroup 's #cleanfifteen. A recipe everyday for each of the clean foods that you are buying conventionally! Today is cabbage and onion Knabrus: https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/knabrus-cabbage-with-onions-262135 #makeonechangeaugust2018
I've been using my non-toxic @euroscrubby for washing my vegetables. The challenge for August was just to buy the one thing you eat the most on the @environmentalworkinggroup "dirty dozen" organically. The vinegar soak, peeling, and good old fashioned running water are effective alternative strategies for cleaning your fresh food. Now here is one more to finish us off for August! The Euroscrubby takes just a fine outer layer off of whatever you're cleaning, saving you the trouble of peeling or soaking. I've only just discovered it. Resist the urge to use it for your pots and pans if you buy it for food though!! #makeonechangeaugust2018
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