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The Bees!

If you have been shopping in the Produce Department at the Keweenaw Coop recently you may have noticed some new signs. The Produce Department has placed a few, very noticeable, signs around produce items that depend on pollinators, such as Bees, to ensure crop production. Without Bees a significant number of crops would not survive. Bees go from blossom to blossom on plants, spreading pollen, actively participating in the plant's reproductive process. When the blossoms are pollinated the plant starts growing the food we depend on for life. Most of us may be unaware as to the importance pollinators play in food production. Below is a list of produce that would not exist without pollinators!

Kiwi Fruit
Watermelon
Turnip
Cantaloupe
Squash
Pumpkins
Zucchini
Apples
Mangoes
Avocados
Apricots
Sweet & Sour Cherries
Peaches
Nectarines
Pears
Raspberries
Blackberries
Blueberries

Be a friend to Bees! They play a vital role in creating the food you eat!
 
 

Dirty Dozen

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its annual Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce this past June. The EWG Analysts examined data collected by the U.S. Deparment of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration from 2000 to 2009. Produce is scored based on how many pesticides are found on each type of produce and at what levels. Samples are washed and peeled, then tested, to represent how items would be eaten. Chosing organic is always the best choice, but when organic isn't an option, this list should help in making lower pesticide choices for produce. Keep in mind that when you chose organic you are supporting organic agriculture, which doesn't destroy the land and the health of farm workers.

To see the entire article CLICK HERE and search for the 2011 Shopper's Guide to pesticides.

ALL ITEMS LISTED ARE CONVENTIONAL

The "Dirty Dozen" (Foods Highest in Pesticide Residues)
Apples
Celery
Strawberries
Peaches
Spinach
Imported Nectarines
Imported Grapes
Sweet Bell Peppers
Potatoes
Domestic Blueberries
Lettuce
Kale/Collard Greens

The "Clean Fifteen" (Foods Lowest in Pesticide Residues)
Onions
Corn
Pineapple
Avocado
Asparagus
Sweet Peas
Mangoes
Eggplant
Domestic Cantaloupe
Kiwi
Cabbage
Watermelon
Sweet Potatoes
Grapefruit
Mushrooms

 
 

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