Youâ€™ve probably heard of the â€śDirty Dozen,â€ť a list of 12 fruits and vegetables named annually by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to be the most laden with pesticides. The US advocacy groupâ€™s message is that people can limit their exposure to pesticides by buying these 12 products from the organic aisle. Toddler favourites are routinely among the top offenders, and this yearâ€™s list, released in March, is no different: strawberries and grapes are named as pesticide peddlers. If youâ€™re pregnant or parenting little ones, the list could drive you to buy these foods organic, or, at the very least, feel guilty for eating the non-organic variety or serving them to your kids.
But is it really necessary to buy strawberries and grapes in the organic section? Is it actually safer?
As kids prepare to head back to the classroom, many parents are already thinking about school lunches. The challenge: how to prepare a healthy lunch that kids will eat and, at the same time, adhere to their childâ€™s schoolâ€™s peanut and nut restrictions.Â Â
How are the crops doing this summer after record breaking heat wavesÂ , and some overdue rain storms? Read more to learn where the grains are in their life cycles as of Mid July and how soon we’ll be seeing combines rolling in the fields!