19 thoughts on “March 20, 2017

  1. It’s true. Apples, celery, and strawberries top the list. But wash them well and enjoy, still better for you than a bag of chips or a hunk of pizza, or a pop-tart, or

    *gotta stop, drooling on my keyboard*

    • …a hotdog, burrito, maybe a hotdog burrito, some mac and cheese, and lets throw some general tso’s chicken on steamed rice, or maybe go for the Orange chicken… and then a big juicy double bacon double cheese burger drenched in butter and other sauces over from Jack in the Box and lets furthermore get a big box of salty french fries and sweet and sour sauce and….

  2. Not that it matters. Most pesticides are alright to eat in many time the amount you can in a day. BTendotoxin for example attacts insects gut lining but don’t affect mamals at all.

    Unfortunately there has been a resurgence of nasty herbacides and pesticides with the organicfood movement. Somehow spray your feild with a lab made chemical that if you drank the worst that would happen is you would get the runs and that’s not ok but a copper compound that is poisonous to humans in suficent quantities is dangerous to the environment and doesn’t breakdown readely but has been used for years thats organic.

    • That’s interesting, does the product having copper in it count as organic then?! I do find this stuff interesting just based on how the lawn company I’m working the phones for now will not spray fruit bearing trees for insects or diseases if the fruit ends up being for human consumption, but that organic products are that bad.

      • The issue is that there is a whitelist of pesticides that can still be used for the food to qualify as “organic”. But because it’s a whitelist and not a blacklist, the pesticides get more and more out-of-date, meaning that any improvements in safety are leaving “organic” produce behind.

        (Yes, I’m using scare quotes. I don’t care what you spray on your food, it’s still carbon-based. Well, I care, but the name & hype drive me crazy.)

  3. If it doesn’t make me feel sick and I like the taste, I’m still going to eat it.

    My response to Marisa is an exaggerated shrug and *crunch* as I eat the apple anyway.

  4. Foolish me, here I was hoping we’d continue that conversation with Val, and Marla would actually DO SOMETHING about how unhappy she is…

    • She did do something.
      She ruminated.
      Val commented.
      Then she went back to work.

      IRL, it’s hard to walk away if the pay is just decent enough to cover the necessities, especially when a child is part of it.

      Besides, where would this strip be without Marla to roll her eyes, and occasionally one-up her nemesis?

  5. To any backyard gardeners out there, my advice is READ THE LABEL!!! If a pesticide has neonicotinoids in it, LEAVE IT ON THE SHELF! Neonics are believed to be responsible for honeybee colony collapse disorder. Without these little pollinators, a lot of crops will suffer.
    You can check out a partial list of product names on the Wikipedia page for neonics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neonicotinoid

    • Labels? Perhaps where you are. But very little of rhe produce here is packaged. Of the ones that are, I don’t recall ever seeing much beyond weight or volume, origin point and nutritional info. And the last is rare. What type of pesticides? Never.

      Not a bad idea, but with deregulation-happy Republicans in charge? Ain’t gonna anytime soon.

  6. I garden and I don’t use any pesticides/herbicides/etc on my garden. It is more work to keep the weeds and insects out but my garden is very healthy. I still have to buy some fruits & vegetables at the store because this is western ND and many fruits/vegetables just can’t grow in our 3 month growing season. Organic produce is way too expensive here so I try to scrub off the pesticides as much as I can.

    • Organic has pesticides too, so even if you were to go the organic route you should still scrub them. Theirs might even be worse. “Organic” doesn’t mean “pesticide-free,” it just means “different pesticides, from this pre-approved list,” as Christine mentioned in response to a different comment.

    • She probably believes that all pesticides are actually absorbed by the fruit and therefore the fruit is essentially soaked in it, rather than just coated with it. And “coated” is a loose term since produce is frequently washed to some extent even before it’s sold in stores, so it’s not like you’re getting tons if you lick your produce before washing it.

      And really, you should wash all produce anyway. How many hands have been touching those fruits and vegetables trying to find the right one, and where have those hands been previously? How many fruit flies have been crawling over them if something nearby has gone just a little off? How much mold has touched them if one forgotten piece at the bottom of the bin has gotten damaged and started rotting? Wash your produce, people.

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