Summit Up 6-20-12: Would you care for some pesticide with that bell pepper? |

Summit Up 6-20-12: Would you care for some pesticide with that bell pepper?

Summit Up
Special to the Daily

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that can’t believe some of the things we’ve been seeing around the county recently as the mercury has climbed toward 80. Girls in bikinis! Hairy fat guys with no shirts on! People eating ice cream cones on the street! Girls in bikinis! And more!

It’s crazy, we tell ya. So long as no moronic camper (or thunder god) starts a fire, we can really dig this kinda weather. Although a little rain would be nice. Then we could stand around in the rain in our bikinis and eat fruit and other organic produce, for no other reason than that gives us a really super-smoothe segue into our next topic, which is …


Yes, we were looking at the new shoppers guide to pesticides in produce from the Environmental Working Group, and we now know that certain things are very nasty in terms of how much toxic crapola they have on them. Apples, bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, spinach, celery, cucumbers, grapes, lettuce, nectarines, blueberries and potatoes are among the worst – things so loaded with residual pesticides that you’d be much better off buying organic.

MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: But the organic stuff costs a fortune! Aagh!

SU: Yes, well … one option is to get the regular stuff and just lean away from the nasty list above. According to EWG, things that aren’t so bad vis a vis pesticides include asparagus, onions, pineaapples, corn, egglplant, mushrooms, onions, watermelon, sweet peas and mangoes.

It’s all a tradeoff, isn’t it? You can buy the cheap crap and get loaded up with all kinds of Dow and Monsanto products that have no business being in your body, or you can spend the money to buy better stuff and, y’know, be kinda broke. Personally, we think it’d be nice if the nation’s agribusinesses could figger out a way to provide healthy fruits and vegetables without so many gallons of nasty dumped on each and every thing, but perhaps that’s asking too much of “the job creators.”

Anyway, thanks to EWG for providing the list – and there’s a handy shopping guide you can cut out and carry around with you, plus more info at

That’s it for today. Be safe out there, folks. It’s a tinderbox! We out …

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