The “Dirty Dozen”
5. Domestic blueberries
7. Sweet bell peppers
8. Spinach, kale and collard greens
11. Imported grapes
The “Clean 15” (contain little to no pesticides)
3. Sweet corn
6. Sweet peas
8. Kiwi fruit
14. Sweet potatoes
15. Sweet onions
Also included in this CNN article was the fact that 45% of the world’s crop is lost due to spoilage and damage, and this is why pesticides are utilized by farmers. Then someone commented on the article, “Why does organic cost more than inorganic produce if farmers save money on chemicals?” And while I don’t know that the answer is damage from pests, insects, etc…I’d imagine that’s a pretty good guess. Therefore, it would make sense that organic farmers have to plant nearly 2x as much as inorganic farmers to produce the same yield.
Silver lining? There’s more on the “Clean 15” list than there are on the “Dirty Dozen”! 😉
I give a lot of credit to farmers. My tiny 10′ x 6′ garden has been a lot to plant, weed, water, and sow. I can only imagine it being my full-time job and fearing the wrath of weather, storms, pests, and everything in between.
My spinach just this week went from thriving…to DEAD. It just shriveled up in the 98º Oklahoma heat and that was that. 🙁 My potatoes are seeming to do the same, HOWEVER, I believe that looks to be the case because they are actually ready to harvest! Potato leaves die off when the potatoes are ready to dig from the ground. Here’s hoping! I’m going to give them a few more days but they currently look like this:
But other than my spinach, things are doing well…ESPECIALLY kale, romaine, and TOMATOES!!! 😀
Last night was a cook-free night as we met friends for Mexican food! I behaved so that I could come home and knock out a few miles on the treadmill in order to stay on track with my 101 Days of Summer Challenge to run 70 of the next 101 days. It was day 3 after all…I can’t be slacking already! I pounded out a quick 2 miles…even though it was later (okay, it was only 8:30pm…but I am a grandma about my evenings!)…and I had just eaten. I also did my push-ups for Heather’s challenge…but I did them in the privacy of my living room today! 😉 Glad everyone found that story to be as funny as me!
Question: What do you think of potatoes nutritionally speaking? Do you try to limit them at all? Potatoes get a bad rap these days and I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on spuds!