2013 Dirty Dozen List
The fruits and vegetables that rank the highest in pesticide load are known as the Dirty Dozen, and the EWG advises that if you can’t afford to buy all organic produce, you should at least buy organic versions of these 12 items. There are also two extra Dirty Dozen Plus vegetables on the list. The explanation for those is below.
- Sweet bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Hot peppers
2013 Clean 15 list
The produce that ends up on the bottom of the list, those with the least amount of pesticide contamination are known as the Clean 15. If you can’t afford to buy organic, but you want to be exposed as little as possible to pesticides, these 15 fruits and vegetables should make up a good amount of what you eat.
- Sweet potatoes
- Sweet peas – frozen
Dirty Dozen Plus category [follow the link]
I smoked roughly a pack a day for about 10 years. I smoked hand-rolled Drum, fancy cigs with colored paper and gold filters (Balkan-Sobranie?), Kools, and, yes, Camels, with and without filters. My salad days were unintentionally self-destructive. I’m glad I’m here to talk about it.
Don’t start smoking — period. To hell with e-cigs — that’s bullshit.
The Tabaco Industry is the epitome of Corporate Immorality: sell people stuff that kills them. Don’t tell me about choice or freedom — this is a conspiracy to kill you for profit, supported by our government and our tax dollars.
Camels: 100 years and still killing – latimes.com by Robert N. Proctor
Camels were first sold in October 1913. Only 1 million were sold that first year, but this quickly grew to 425 million in 1914 and to 6.5 billion two years later. Twenty-one billion were sold in 1919, and by the early 1920s, nearly half of all cigarettes sold in the U.S. were Camels.
And though other “standard brands” were soon introduced — Chesterfields, Lucky Strikes and Old Golds — Camels still had a 30% share of the cigarette market in the late 1940s. By its 65th anniversary in 1978, the brand had sold more than 3 trillion sticks. Camel still holds the record for the most cigarettes sold in a single year: 105 billion in 1952. …
Cigarettes still kill about half their long-term users, despite industry bluster about filters, low tars and lights, none of which has made smoking safer. Cigarettes still contain arsenic and cyanide and radioactive polonium-210, the poison used to kill that Russian spy in London a few years back. Cigarettes cause one death for every million smoked, which means that the 4 trillion Camels consumed over the last 100 years have probably caused about 4 million deaths.
Robert N. Proctor is a professor of the history of science at Stanford University and the author of “Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition.”
Michael Cadigan of Cadigan Law Firm PC says health exchange will save him $1,000 a month – Albuquerque Business First by Dennis Domrzalski Reporter- Albuquerque Business First
- The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange saved one Albuquerque small business owner $1,000 a month in insurance premiums Tuesday.
Michael Cadigan, president and owner of the Cadigan Law Firm P.C., said he signed up the firm’s four employees Tuesday for an insurance policy and got a quote that was $1,000 less a month than he’s currently paying.
“I was very pleasantly surprised. I thought it was going to be an administrative nightmare and it literally took me 15 minutes once I found everybody’s birthdates, Social Security numbers and ZIP codes,” Cadigan, a former Albuquerque city councilor, said. “They gave me a quote that would save me $1,000 over what I was paying at Pres [Presbyterian Health Plan], so I’m psyched.”
Cadigan said he chose a gold level plan, which pays 80 percent of medal expenses, for the firm.
“I selected gold and it gave me 17 choices and I signed up for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico,” Cadigan said. “I thought this was going to be an all-day thing, so I had a Diet Coke handy, was well rested and I had a good lunch, and it was almost disappointing” that it was so easy.
“I was blown away,” he said. “I hope it’s not too good to be true.”
SANTA FE (AP) — Tens of thousands of New Mexicans will find new opportunities to shop for health insurance through an online marketplace that’s opening for business.
New Mexico’s health insurance exchange begins operating today and there also will be a toll-free hotline providing assistance.
Small businesses — those with 50 or fewer workers — can sign up for health insurance coverage through the state-run exchange: http://www.bewellnm.com/.
Individuals can use the New Mexico exchange to link to a federal government website that will handle their enrollment until the state has its computer system ready to assume that responsibility.
Enrollment also can be done by phone or in person at clinics and other sites across the state
About 80,000 New Mexicans are expected to enroll in insurance plans through the exchange in its first year.
SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico and other states are expanding how businesses and individuals can obtain health insurance. Here are five things to know about New Mexico’s health insurance exchange that starts operating today.
Eat well and support local businesses that exist to nourish you and our community.
Opening June, 2013 – 2 Locations!
Tuesday Market 1200 Block of Central NE, across from Presbyterian Hospital
7AM – 1PM Starting June 25 – October 29.
Saturday Market at ABQ Uptown [across for Trader Joe’s]
7AM – Noon Starting June 29 – October 26.
Make good choices
If you are concerned about pesticides, consider avoiding the non-organic fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues per the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen: apples, strawberries, grapes, peaches and imported nectarines, celery, spinach, bell peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, cherry tomatoes and hot peppers.
Instead, choose more fruits and vegetables from the Environmental Working Group’s Clean Fifteen: pineapple, papaya, mango, kiwi, cantaloupe, grapefruit, corn, onion, avocado, frozen sweet peas, cabbage, asparagus, eggplant, sweet potatoes and mushrooms.
Organic meat and dairy products also deserve consideration. Antibiotics are commonly added to animal feed to help animals grow more quickly. This practice has resulted in an alarming increase in dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria with more than half of ground turkey, pork chops and ground beef at the grocery store contaminated.
The Stanford researchers found less antibiotic-resistant bacteria in organic chicken and pork than in conventional meat. They also reported more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in organic milk.
Organic food benefits farm workers and consumers by reducing pesticide exposure and risk of acquiring dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.