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Earth Day Toxin Savvy How much do you re­ally know about pes­ti­cides and her­bi­cides in our food and how to avoid them?

Many of our health­i­est foods— fruits and veg­eta­bles— con­tain her­bi­cide and pes­ti­cide residues that ac­cu­mu­late in our bod­ies. Lev­els are ris­ing, ac­cord­ing to a study at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Diego. Such tox­ins dis­rupt hor­mones and dam­age health. Eat­ing or­ganic foods is the best way to avoid them, but since this isn’t al­ways pos­si­ble, it helps to know where they lurk and how to min­i­mize ex­po­sure. This Earth Day, test your toxin savvy and fi nd greener al­ter­na­tives with our quiz.

1. Chem­i­cal pes­ti­cides and her­bi­cides have been linked to in­creased risk of which con­di­tions?

a) Can­cer b) Di­a­betes c) Neu­ro­log­i­cal prob­lems d) In­fer­til­ity e) All the above

2. Eat­ing a diet of or­ganic foods can dra­mat­i­cally re­duce lev­els of pes­ti­cides and her­bi­cides in the hu­man body:

a) In a few days b) In a few weeks c) In a few months

3. Non- GMO foods never con­tain pes­ti­cides or her­bi­cides.

a) True b) False

4. Bak­ing soda can re­move pes­ti­cides from pro­duce.

a) True b) False

5. Agri­cul­tural chem­i­cals have been found in the blood and/ or urine of how many Amer­i­cans?

a) More than 50% b) More than 65% c) More than 80% d) More than 90%

6. Which nonor­ganic crops of­ten con­tain glyphosate residues?

a) Corn b) Soy c) Wheat d) Corn and soy e) All the above

7. In fruits and veg­eta­bles that are not cer­ti­fied or­ganic, which of these has the low­est pes­ti­cide lev­els?

a) Straw­ber­ries b) Spinach c) Broc­coli d) Onions

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