The Dirty Dozen

dirty_dozen_infographThe Dirty Dozen refers to a list of foods that have been thoroughly tested by the USDA and contain a WHOPPING amount of pesticides (even after being washed and sometimes even after being peeled!!).  If you aren’t ready to go completely organic, at least go after these dozen.  Your body will thank you!


 

Even though the trend in America is to buy products without chemicals the USDA is still reporting a large majority of produce still containing over 160 different kinds of pesticides.  Check out EWG’s site!  They are a tremendous resource.

In the meantime, take a peek in your fridge and see if you have any of these foods.  If they are not organic you can be sure they are crawling with pesticides.

Click on the poster or here to get more information regarding pesticides in the foods we eat.

Eating the Season

 

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Eating with the seasons means that we consume products that farmers are currently harvesting.  Not only does this make an impact on our local economy it makes an impact on our health.

 


Eat the Season.  Sounds catchy, huh?  Let me tell you why this should be more than the next trendy phrase we throw around Facebook.

1. Any single food item you see in grocery stores travels on average a whopping 1,500 miles.  Just think of how this might be contributing to the amount of carbon dioxide being emitted.  I am picturing a large semi with billowy smoke dotting its trail across the country.  (I do not want to discredit the amazing feats our ancestors endured creating our highways and interstates for the main purpose of distributing goods, such as food.  I am strongly suggesting, however, that this little planet of ours, it is a gift our children will inherit.  Let’s do our part and make sure it’s a good one.)

2. We get a chance to support and stimulate the Local Economy. Here at Local Roots, we are all about helping serve our community by not only providing a quality, nutritious product, but by going out and finding those local farmers and bringing the work of their hands to you.  Talk about symbiotic!  We like to think of ourselves as a farmer’s market, just with brick and mortar.

3. It costs less. Buying locally grown ensures that the food you are getting is at its lowest possible price point.  Less money goes towards advertising, distributing, packaging, fuel, etc., which keeps costs low! Straight from the farmer’s hands is the best place.  We understand that is not convenient for the average family and, lucky for our customers, we make it our promise to go out and find those goods for you.

4. The best selling point, it’s more nutritious (and tastes AMAZING).  Food that is not in season has had more time to spoil. That about sums up that. The freshness factor is in relation to the nutritious factor.  In season foods don’t get much fresher than that!

Let’s shout the message out there!  Eat the season! Eat the season!

 

Click on the banner below to see what foods are in season for your area.  (Thank you, sustainabletable.org.)

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Why I should pay MORE for produce that doesn’t look as good…

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Really, why should I be paying more for lettuce with a wilted edge or a red beet that is twice as small?


The benefits of eating local and organic outweigh, by an incredibly far margin, the unappealing look of the bruised apple or broken carrot stick. Again, organic means that these fruits and veggies are free from chemicals, growth hormones, GMOs, additives, etc.  Yes, please!  (There is a swanky green poster below that goes into more detail.)

That shiny apple or perky head of cabbage at franchise stores sure does look great.  I have been there and I have bought them.  But don’t be so quick to judge these fruits and veggies by their skins, or peels.  What you don’t see is that they have been ever so delicately pampered with preservatives, pesticides, and fertilizers that help it keep that false sense of healthy and fresh. (Not to mention the pollution output it created as it traveled from miles and miles away if it isn’t local…but that’s another issue entirely.)  I choose not to compromise because of shelf appearance.  If you’re saying yes to those nonorganic and nonlocal food choices, then you are saying yes to chemicals and properties that your body is not made to digest.  WhatDoesOrganicReallyMean_4f2c472b2a06d

 

What does ORGANIC even mean?

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Organic foods are simply defined by the way farmers choose to grow and harvest their product. Not all foods labeled organic are 100% organic, however. The USDA defines food as organic if it meets regulations by 95%. 100% organically grown means nothing unnatural to the growing and harvesting process: chemicals, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), additives, etc.


 

Whether you are a novice in choosing to eat consciously or have been at it for years, this is an easy read of why we should be intentional about what we choose to put in our bodies: organic, natural, or otherwise.  If you have been at this for a while you have a good understanding of the word organic as the USDA would define it; in which case, this may be a great article to pass onto your dear ones who are still unsure about making steps (or in some cases giant leaps) towards a thriving and healthy lifestyle.

Organic Foods: Are They Safer? More Nutritious?

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