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An op-ed this week by New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof provides powerful incentives for all of us to re-think the chemicals we ingest on a daily basis. He notes that today, President Obama’s cancer panel will release a 200-page report that deals squarely with how chemical exposure may impact our risk of disease.
Now no one wants to think about this stuff—it’s scary and unpleasant, and certainly not fun. But burying our heads in the sand may not be the best course of action.
So, what can we do?
Minimize our exposure to pesticides by choosing either organic foods or those with a lower incidence of chemical residue.
Read labels carefully, and think twice before purchasing foods whose ingredient list reads like a chemical encyclopedia.
Switch to glass food storage containers, especially for microwaving.
Plant a garden. Here’s some expert advice on what to grow if your thumb is not yet green.
Think about your shopping habits, and be an informed consumer. Find out if your beef contains dyes, if your snack food has colorants, if your favorite ice cream uses artificial flavors, and if your chicken is injected with hormones.
Most of all, don’t freak out. Even if you only make one or two changes early on, you’ll still be doing something good for your body.