Ok. I just have to post another produce picture from my Farmers' Market trip on Sunday. I know, some of you may not be too interested in seeing all of my amazing, locally grown, organic produce. Sorry if it does not intrigue you, but I am showcasing it for two reasons. First, as usual, I'm giddy about these goodies! Check it out...
Corn, beets, zukes, yellow squash, potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, honeydew melon, bell peppers, garlic, hot peppers, gala apples, asian pears, peaches, plums, spinach, red pears, cukes, and basil:
Second, I have a statistic about produce that will interest you. On Saturday, my husband visited our Naturopath/TCM doctor/Acupuncturist. Pause: If you didn't think I was kooky/crunchy before, you probably do now! :)
Anyhow, he read this statistic posted on the bulletin board:
"55% of the pesticides we consume come from meat and 23% comes from dairy." "Only 4-5% come from produce, and 1% from grains."
That's right, 78% from meat and dairy and a (whopping) 5% from produce! I'm uncertain how the remaining 17% is accounted for, and the breakdown. I am assuming it is for nuts, legumes, and possibly eggs if they weren't included in the 'meat' stat.
How many times have you heard that question - if you are worried about "all the pesticides on the produce"? Huh??? That has NEVER been a concern for me, because I learned years back that the pesticides on the grains, feed, and produce fed to animals (not to mention that *other* stuff that is horribly fed to factory farmed animals) gets concentrated in the muscles and also goes into their milk... ergo people that eat meat/dairy get the mother lode of pesticides!
As vegans, obviously we consume more produce than those eating the 'standard' diet that this statistic was likely based on. We can eat organic where possible, especially when in season and not too expensive. Like with all of this produce... seen here washed and assuming their position drying in my dish rack... :)