Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

It is so frustrating. I just keep trying to do my best and I skip reading the articles that I know will make me feel guilty! I've gotten a little cynical (a trait I do not like in myself) of science in the past couple of years. This study says this, that study says that. Eat eggs, don't eat eggs. Dairy is perfect, dairy is evil. Lately I tend to wonder who funded the grant to pay for the study and what they were looking for when the study started. I feel horrible feeling that way because I love learning and studying and college, but those studies aren't always helpful if there aren't solutions to go with them. I think your idea of starting with grocery stores in your area is great. I'll have to give it some more thought and may end up doing something similar here. :0)


mouse's picture mouse

I've been meaning to print out a list of foods to buy organic like this one: http://www.foodnews.org/EWG-shoppers-guide-download-final.pdf
One of the advantages of this particular list is that it also has foods that you can buy conventional and still minimize your pesticide exposure.

As I see it, there's no way to avoid these entirely and we, as a society, are going to have to adapt to things like the increase in ADHD.

(We shop around for the things we buy organic and are able to bring the costs down a little that way. We've also tried to be more careful about not buying more than we need. And I use a special citrus-based produce wash. My plan for the summer is to wash/soak some fruit every morning so we can snack on it all day long.)


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I am wary of studies, too, but I also think there is definitely some legitimacy to this one. But I hate that there aren't active solutions in place to deal with the results, other than the warning "buy organic."


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks for the list, Mouse. I think you're right--we're just going to have to adapt and rally to eliminate some of these dangers.