Good post. You have highlighted a number of my own concerns and a few more. But what can we do? If a person does not have access to organic fruit and veg,like myself, is there any way to nutralize/mitigate the effects, such as soaking them in water or H2o2 , or some other method along these lines?
@Yogaranka good points and thank you for letting me remember Michael Arnstein's video. The organic fruits are difficult and expensive to get by. Now I live in The Netherlands and I'm hoping the chemical use is a bit different here, my fruits often rot and get mouldy, within days or a week, which is for me a good sign. Does heavily sprayed fruit last longer? Is it a good indicator?
That is right...worms in your peach or apple is an excellent sign of good fruit, just cut the bugger his share and eat the rest, that fruit is perfect!
Europe is just as bad as the Americas (north and south and in between) for chemicals. I still remember the picture of an Italian farmer dressed up in space suit spraying his grapes...brrr!
just do some research and see what is nearby, and what they use.
I used to enjoy mangoes by the case from Chinatown, coming from Thailand and other beautiful countries, but eventually I got symptoms from their fungicides and other whatever they use, just to ship and store the fruits. So now I only buy organic mangoes, and yes, the selection becomes very limited. Mind you, once I made this decision of only organic, rolling with the season is so much more affordable as well, and tastier too.
Yogaranka makes a good point. It seems a good idea to make an effort to eat organic when possible. It just isn't always possible. I buy bulk organic bananas which is the staple of my diet and in bulk the price is quite reasonable.
The other perhaps just as important reason is that by buying organic we support the increase in organic production. By buying non-organic we support non-organic industries. If we want plenty of good quality and cheap organic fruits and veg in the future then organic must be our preference where possible.
For me its about taste vs organic. Most of the time the good tasting fruits are organic. Supermarket fresh fruit in Australia is 9*% inedible IMHE due to is flavour deficiency.
but taste vs. organic lands you with the same dilemma of not having a healthy food source. Just think all the chemicals you ingest! may as well buy some recreational drugs, and have a good trip while you are at it ;-)
My solution: prioritize! I don't buy clothes, other non-essentials, I don't spend any money on travel, and don't sponsor restaurants that don't serve raw, organic salads. I rarely purchase a book. Borrow more, and enjoy sourcing clothes and gadgets that don't cost anything. Juicers are my downfall, while I had my raw organic restaurant I bought every kind to try them all out, and a couple of different blenders too. So the majority of my earnings goes to seasonal, organic fruits, veggies, and a bit of nuts.
i agree totally to the post about pesticides and so on. and i do recommend to have a look into non organic bananas in bulk as they are fairly cheap. this way it could be possible to save money to spend on organic fruit veg that will add to your nutrients. but if it's all not working, i'd buy organic quinoa, millet, buckwheat as they are easier to digest, but also rice and pasta as a much cheaper staple and then just the most organic fruit and veg i could afford. i've tried and it might get hard, but it's way better than loading myself up on chemicals or making big debts with some bank. i mean by all means, going cooked low fat high vegan is still not the end
...and while I'm at this conversation, how about the ethics of veganism: do not harm!
sponsoring the petrochemicals applied to your food supply is causing a lot of harm. we must have the pressure on to stop this insanity. people who work in agriculture suffer a lot when coming in contact with the materials used to poison the veggies.
when a non vegan argues with me, that the taste of meat is much better than tofu cutlets, I feel motivated to describe the atrocities that come with that decision, and what his lifestyle promotes. the same goes for people who say that they cannot afford organic fruits, and yet buy iPhones, new jeans monthly, or buy houses with huge mortgages, or other decisions that will eventually prevent them from buying the healthiest choices.
and here, I know some families with many kids will jump in and say that to support a family of that size on organic fruits is impossible, I understand, but that choice was made consciously in the first place.
if someone is in the survival mode, getting anything to eat, then the choice making is mute.
I know exactly where your coming from brother.
i love your spirit. its pure and beautiful
have an awesome day my friend