Nothing tastes better than fruits or vegetables or picked fresh from your own garden!! A strawberry or pea pod you pick right from the garden will taste sweeter partly because you know you grew it yourself. In addition, when you grow your own food you have control over what, if any, pesticides or fertilizers are used. Babies and toddlers are especially vulnerable to the possible effects of pesticides as they are less able to detoxify toxic chemical due to their smaller size.
Another reason to grow your own fruits and vegetables is that they will be much fresher, and fresher produce will generally contain more nutrients. According to Lisa Ramirez, Times Herald-Record, “Much of the produce sold at large supermarket chains is grown hundreds of miles away….places such as California, Florida and Mexico. That means days — perhaps even more than a week — have passed since it was picked, packaged and trucked to the store, where it can sit on the shelves even longer. Often, too, produce is picked before it’s ready, preventing it from ever reaching its nutritional potential.”
The organic garden contains no harsh or dangerous chemicals, so most of these fruits and vegetables can be eaten after a quick rinse. Other fruits and vegetables treated with chemicals will need to be thoroughly washed to avoid the dangers associated with them.
Other benefits of gardening include getting physical exercise while doing something you enjoy. It cultivates a nurturing attitude towards nature and the environment when working with the soil and plants. Enjoying the warm weather and summer breezes while listening to the birds is also relaxing. It provides a creative outlet and sense of accomplishment. Gardening also connects you with others when you share the bounty with friends and family. It’s a great activity to do with kids too. Give them a section of the garden all their own….a great learning experience for them!
If the traditional garden is not possible, you might try container gardening. Containers allow you to enjoy fresh vegetables and herbs when your space is limited. More information on container gardening can be found at http://containergardeningtips.com/container-gardening-advantages/.
Other sources for obtaining fresh fruits and vegetables are:
1) Pick your own farms & orchards – Listed by county at http://www.pickyourown.org/MN.htm or by city at http://www.mfma.org/memberdirectory.php.
2) Local farmers’ markets – No matter where you live, there is probably a farmers’ market nearby. Check at http://www3.mda.state.mn.us/mngrown/ to find one located near you.
3) Food cooperatives or co-ops – These are member-owned businesses that provide its members with local organic food at discount prices. They are open to the general public too. Listed alphabetical by city below. http://www.organicconsumers.org/state/greenbiz.cfm?state=MN&type=biz
4) Community Supported Agriculture [CSA] – Each member pays a share of the farm’s expenses and receives a weekly portion of its crops. Check at http://www.landstewardshipproject.org/csa.html to select one near you.
5) Community Gardens – This is any space where plants are grown and maintained by a community to meet the needs of that community. Check at http://www.gardeningmatters.org/ for more information and location.
6) Roadside stands – Fresh, usually picked just hours before being set up.
Locally grown goods taste better, is better for your health as it is tends to be safer, helps reduce global warming due to shorter transportation distances, and it helps the local economy.
So enjoy the bounty of fresh, tasty seasonal fruits and vegetables, whether you grow them yourself or obtain them from other sources! Happy summertime eating to you and your family!
Cleaning agents differ in their classification of health hazards; some cause serious or immediate dangers such as skin irritations, respiratory and eye irritation to illness such as reproductive and respiratory disorders as well as major diseases such as cancer. A health hazard commonly associated with using window glass cleaners would be inhalation of the mist emitted from the bottle or getting the chemical into your eyes. Ingestion of the chemicals could pose a serious health risk.
What’s in your window cleaner?
Some of the chemicals typically found in window cleaners include ammonia and isopropanol. Ammonia is known to be a powerful chemical agent that is diluted for household cleaning products and is highly poisonous. Exposure to high concentrations of ammonia can cause burning of the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory tract and can result in blindness, lung damage or death. Inhalation of lower concentrations can cause coughing, and nose and throat irritation. Swallowing ammonia can cause burns to the mouth, throat and stomach. Skin or eye contact with concentrated ammonia can also cause irritation and burns. *
Your favorite grocery store is most likely dispensing them for wiping down carts, your local gym may have them on hand for cleaning exercise equipment, and your school may be handing them to schoolchildren to scrub their tables and chairs. I was shocked to find that our local elementary school requested that each child bring antibacterial wipes as a “school supply.” These “convenient” products have hidden hazards that should worry us, in addition to the fact that they are disposable, thus creating throwaway garbage.
What are they made from?
The most common ingredients present in these products are quaternary ammonium compounds, or “quats” for short, and chemicals such as alky dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride and benzalkonium chloride. The American Medical Association (AMA) discourages manufacturers use of antibacterial compounds in consumer products as they can contribute to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Additionally, the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, a leading international organization on asthma, considers these harmful chemical compounds to be what they call “asthmagens” that trigger asthma attacks in people even if they haven’t presented with the illnesses previously. Actual studies revealed that the multitude of fragrances emitted by antibacterial wipes are composed of untested chemicals like phthalates and synthetic musks which are considered to be hormone disruptors and whose use can lead to hormonal disorders.
Reports from studies organized in the United Kingdom stated that antibacterial wipes commonly used in hospitals to kill otherwise harmful infections were actually responsible for the spreading of drug-resistant bacteria. The research was presented at a conference organized by an American Society of Microbiology in Boston, USA. The discussion concentrated on bacteria such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus or MRSA and VRE, or Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, both which have been associated with outbreaks of hospital-acquired (nosocomial) infections.
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