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08-06-18, 09:47 AM
Max Goldberg
November 30, 2013

Whenever I think about a lot of the food that I ate growing up, it isn’t overly pleasant. It was the standard American diet with all of the processed, fast food that most of the country still consumes today.
Fortunately, my childhood took place before the emergence of GMOs (mid-90s) and growth hormone milk (late 80s), so I escaped some of the really bad things when my body was in its crucial stage of development.
One food that I fondly remember eating, and loving, at family dinners was potatoes. And it wasn’t just the insides of the potatoes. I particularly loved eating the skins. Yet, little did I or my parents know just how toxic they were.

Keep reading: https://livingmaxwell.com/health-risks-conventional-potatoes

08-06-18, 09:52 AM
Further details from John Weber, organic grower, JUNE 2, 2015


1) According to the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program (http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/food.jsp?food=PO), 35 different pesticides have been found on conventional potatoes.
And out of these 35:
– 6 are known or probably carcinogens
– 12 are suspected hormone disruptors
– 7 are neurotoxins
– 6 are developmental or reproductive toxins
The chemical that is found on 76% of all conventional potatoes is chlorpropham, an herbicide that is used to stop the growth of weeds and to inhibit potato sprouting.

Not only is this chemical toxic to honey bees, but according to the Extension Toxicology Network (http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/profiles/extoxnet/carbaryl-dicrotophos/chlorpropham-ext.html), chronic exposure of laboratory animals to chlorpropham has caused “retarded growth, increased liver, kidney and spleen weights, congestion of the spleen, and death.”

2) As a root vegetable, potatoes absorb all of the pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides that are sprayed above the ground and then eventually make their way into the soil.
With potatoes, however, the chemical treatment is quite extensive.
During growing season – They get treated with fungicides
Before harvesting – They get sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines
After being dug up – They get sprayed again to prevent them from sprouting

3) Quite often, the most important information about a food is what growers or “insiders” have to say about it.
Jeff Moyer (http://ofrf.org/about/board/jeff-moyer), farm director at the Rodale Institute and former chair of the National Organic Standards Board, has been quoted as saying “I’ve talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals.”

Even more details: https://sunweber.blogspot.com/2015/06/conventional-potatopoisons.html

Mr. Wizard
08-07-18, 08:43 PM
Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) ranks fruits and veggies based on their toxic, pesticide load and publishes a rank-ordered list of those with the heaviest amounts of pesticides and chemicals. For 2018, EWG rated "conventionally grown" potatoes as #11 on its list of the top 12 dirtiest fruits & veggies. Conventionally grown strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, and celery preceded potatoes on the list. Sweet bell peppers followed potatoes on the list to round out the top 12.

08-07-18, 08:57 PM
Fortunately, I either grow my own organic versions of the above or have access to them at our local supermarket or from one of the Amish farms not far from me in Maine. Nectarines and cherries are the two exceptions; I will buy a few cherries in season but I never buy supermarket stone fruit, which is picked green and hard and turns mealy when soft— never what I'd call "ripe" or remotely "edible."

Mr. Wizard
08-07-18, 09:01 PM
I admire your energy and commitment to growing your own food. I must admit I'm just way too lazy to even go there.

08-07-18, 09:06 PM
Well... Farming and gardening have been a way of life for me for so long that I couldn't imagine living any other way. One advantage of living in Northern New England is that we have an intensely busy summer and fall of food harvest and preservation, followed by a long winter in which to relax and recover.

Mr. Wizard
08-07-18, 09:10 PM
You Northern New Englanders are to be admired. Seriously, it is a way of life a city boy like me could not fathom. My community sells plots of lands each spring for planting a veggie. Most people plant tomatoes. That's about as close I've come to growing my own food. Lol.