Americans just don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. This has been the reality of our country for several years, but the consumption of produce has actually declined since the recent recession, especially among lower income families. As a grocery chain rooted in California’s Central Valley (a place that grows the finest fruits and vegetables on the planet) it pains us to hear this.
Eating fewer fruits and vegetables is contributing to the rise of many diseases such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. We want people eating fruits and vegetables every day, and more of them.
The popularity of the “Dirty Dozen” lists of fruits and vegetables is not helping the cause. These lists frighten and confuse consumers, and have the potential to drive them away from eating fruits and vegetables.
In order to educate consumers about the safe practices and science behind both organic and conventional produce, the Food and Farming Alliance has created a great resource called safefruitsandveggies.com. There is a wealth of studies regarding food safety, as well as interviews from a panel of experts from various disciplines including environment and health sciences, toxicology, and nutrition.
Another resource available on the website, The Residue Calculator, shows exactly how many servings of common fruits and vegetables a man, woman, or child would have to consume before any of the pesticides found in those foods would have any effect on the body.
There is so much great information on the website we would be remiss in not posting it here.
Any organization that promotes eating FEWER fruits and vegetables goes against what we know is scientifically best for the health of Americans. There’s a ton of information out there, and we’d love to know what you think about safefruitsandveggies.com, so leave us a comment below.