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Taken directly from wikipedia.com:  A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest. A pesticide may be a chemical substance, biological agent (such as a virus or bacterium), antimicrobial, disinfectant or device used against any pest. Pests include insects, plant pathogens, weeds, molluscsbirdsmammalsfish, nematodes (roundworms), and microbes that destroy property, spread disease or are a vector for disease or cause a nuisance. Although there are benefits to the use of pesticides, there are also drawbacks, such as potential toxicity to humans and other animals. According to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 10 of the 12 most dangerous and persistent organic chemicals are pesticides.

So, I think this pretty accurately describes what they are, now how do they effect us produce eaters?

For the answer to this question, I’ve consulted my friend over at Bodies4Life Training, Beki. She tells us in her article on Going Organic, that the only way to avoid all these pesticide treatments is to go organic with all our produce purchases.

Personally I feel that some of this organic hype might just be a brilliant sales scheme, since the prices in the organic section is ALWAYS higher than the regular section, but Beki states there are added benefits to going organic.

You not only stop feeding your body chemicals made for killing things, but you also support farmers who make an effort to make animal lives more compatible with nature. Also, pesticides that are used on the produce fields eventually need to be washed away, drained away into either the earth below the fields, but also the drainage system which eventually feeds back into our drinking water.

The question is, is it already to late? Have our fields already been contaminated for so many years with bad pesticides that have seeped so deep into the earth below these fields of produce that no matter what is done, were still getting the after effects of them?


To make sure that you’re informed of at least the top 12 most pesticide rich produce in the store, so you can selectively buy organic, Beki has produced the following list:

  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Sweet Bell Peppers
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Grapes (imported)
  10. Spinach
  11. Lettuce
  12. Potatoes

Beki also suggests to go check out Environmental Working Groups Health/Toxins: Our Food page for some more very informative and official research papers on the harmful effects of pesticides.

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Cliff Bars

I am a fan of energy bars. There are some out there that simply do not agree with my stomach, like Vector, but there are some that work, like Clif Bars.

clif_0The folks at Clif are environmentalists wanting to make a difference. Directly from their webpage I shall quote: That’s why we’re working to understand our impacts from the field to our final product, and helping to create healthier, more sustainable communities in the following ways:

  • Sourcing organic ingredients and supporting organic agriculture
  • Engaging the people who grow, make, package, transport, and eat our food
  • Partnering and collaborating with innovative people and organizations
  • Encouraging hands-on volunteer service


In the thick and thin of things, every company that’s smart will boast that their product is organic, hands down, which is a good thing. Having an organic meal is second to none. Clif bar packages are stamped with a 70% organic emblem. What makes me like Clif Bars so much, is that they do indeed fill me up with one bar. I find with other bars I have to always eat at least two, and I don’t like to eat two.

The ingredients of their Clif bar are (which will vary slightly depending on the bar: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisp [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract, Calcium Carbonate], Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour), Organic Rolled Oats, Dried Apricots (Apricots, Evaporated Cane Juice, Rice Flour, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, ClifCrunch® (Organic Oat Fiber, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Organic Milled Flaxseed, Organic Oat Bran, Psyllium), Organic Dried Apples, Organic Date Paste, Organic Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Salt, Colored With Annatto.

My favorite right now is the chocolate mint or the chocolate almond fudge.

I highly suggest you take one for a test meal. They are a great meal on the go, and they cost $1.25~$2.00 in Canada which means you won’t be breaking the budget compared to a cafe where you’ll be paying ~$10 for a meal.

If you’re going on an outdoor adventure, these are a great small item to bring for your meals, but never forget the water!

However, I have been finding that staying on a steady diet of these over a month tends to make my stomach a little bit upset, mostly just making loud noises. You might want to try changing it up with other nutritious bars available out there, or more solid forms of food that aren’t processed like apples, bananas, oranges, etc.. Your local health store, or even supermarket will have an isle full of them!


Remember, eat right!