4 Foods to Celebrate Your Independence from Big Ag
This fourth of July, while you’re planning your picnic, barbecue or other outdoor adventure don’t forget to include some of these ingredients in your freedom-loving menu. These delicious ingredients have been rescued from genetic modification and further homogenization by dedicated organic farmers trying to bring back flavor and quality.
An icon of American culture, corn permeates all of our summertime fun, as well as our night at the movies. An ubiquitous ingredient in almost every manufactured food, and long maligned as a crop riddled with meddling GMO intrusion, organic farmers are bringing it back to what it was, sweet, clean and naturally grown.
A member of the infamous “Dirty Dozen”, these sweet ruby gems often test high for pesticides and weed killers. Some samples of conventionally grown strawberries have tested positive for over 13 different types of pesticides according to a study by the Environmental Working Group. Avoid these harmful substances, stick it to Big Ag and go organic!
Did you know that the conventional variety of these delicious starchy tubers have more pesticides by weight than any other vegetable? Ubiquitous in summer salads the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program found 35 pesticide residues in potato samples. These included known carcinogens, hormone disruptors, neurotoxins (including toxins known to harm bee colonies), and toxins that affect developmental or reproductive processes. But don’t panic – just go organic and show Big Ag we don’t need pesticides in our food.
Nothing quite kicks up the flavor of a salad or kebab like roasted bell peppers. But no other conventionally-grown vegetable has as high a probability of carrying pesticide residue as these delicious crunchy, thick-walled peppers. Although the pepper itself has a great variety of health benefits, it doesn’t quite matter as much when they’re coated in toxins.
Help take these delicious summer treats back from Big Ag and buy your peppers from local organic sources. Full Circle gets our peppers from Alvarez Family Farm in Mabton, Washington and Terra Firma Farm in Winters, California for our Bay Area members.
Show Big Ag that you’ve claimed your independence and buy from local, small farms or from a trusted source like Full Circle to deliver local, certified organic produce for your summer feasts.