Guest Blog: Mark From Ironwill, On Pesticides & Buying Organic
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By Mark Scherzer – Ironwill Kids

Mark’s Pointers For Buying Organic

On Pesticides

One of the areas we cover in our Ironwill Kids program is the importance of learning where food comes from and how it’s grown. This allows us to make informed choices that can lead to better health and a safer environment. We discuss how healthy soil is made up of organic matter and explore methods for controlling bugs without the use of pesticides.

As I’m sure you’re aware, a lot of our fruit and vegetables are sprayed with chemicals to keep the insects away, and this practice has health consequences. For instance, there are studies that link exposure to pesticides with ADHD in children. This leads to the obvious question — as parents, what can we do?

Buying produce that’s certified organic is one solution, but that can hurt your wallet. So if you have to limit the amount of organic food you purchase, it’s a good idea to choose the organic version of fruits and veggies that are the most contaminated. They’re called “The Dirty Dozen,” catchy title, right?

Here’s what makes the list:

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Strawberries
4. Peaches
5. Spinach
6. Nectarines (imported)
7. Grapes (imported)
8. Sweet bell peppers
9. Potatoes
10. Blueberries (domestic)
11. Lettuce
12. Kale/collard greens.

To save even more money, you can buy these items from the frozen food section. They’re just as nutritious and taste great!

For more information on the Dirty Dozen check out the Environmental Working Group:
Environmental Working Group
For additional information on pesticides and ADHD, see:

Mark is the the President of Ironwill Kids, an organization on a mission to reverse the trend of childhood obesity in this country through their PowerUp! program, a fun and innovative nutrition and wellness curriculum used in schools across the country. He’ll be dropping in from time to time along with his Ironwill colleagues Dr. Katherine Roberts, a professor at Columbia University and Dr. Elizabeth Carlin, a pediatrician at Englewood Hospital.

To learn more about Mark, check out the links below:


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