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"yada yada yada yes pesticides bad, all things organic are nice so they say. I remember 1 year back people being killed by an infectious bug from organically grown sprouts here in Germany. sigh would I prefer to give my children organic...
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But apples still rank second (following peaches) on the nonprofit Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues. Long-term exposure to pesticides has been associated with cancer, infertility and neurologic conditions, such as Parkinson’s. Since I know that small doses of pesticides are far more dangerous to children (whose bodies are smaller and nervous systems are still developing) than to adults, I felt strongly about taking Julian to Shelburne Orchards, where we could pick organic apples. I just couldn’t imagine pureeing up apples with pesticides to give to Julian as one of his very first foods. Today, I still choose organic apples for Julian but often eat conventional ones myself.