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Pesticides have been around for decades.  When I was a girl they used DDT and my late friend Julia and I ate mulberries probably filled with them.  Today, though we know better.  There is a list of the dirty dozen of foods that have the most pesticides starting with strawberries.  We all ate strawberries before organic was even remotely popular.  When my children were young I would drive almost thirty minutes to buy anything available that was organic. The other foods that are on the list are: spinach, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, nectarines, apples, grapes,bell peppers and hot peppers, cherries, peaches, pears, celery and tomatoes.  In the 1970’s the leftover hippies started co-ops.  I would purchase fifty pounds of organic flour or approximately 22.68 kilograms.  I would make bread by hand, but now I cheat and use a machine. Today, it is more important to try and buy organic as it is less costly than having healthcare issues.  When my children were young we grew berries on land we owned that had a couple of acres.  Our neighbor had rows of blackberries that he let us pick for free and my children sold them at the end of our street.  They were organic! I also used to subscribe to an organic gardening magazine.  I still remember them recommending beer as a natural pesticide for apples.  In the Good Gus series there were pesticides in the late 1800’s but they were all natural. The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Digitizing for all the books are available now!  Books one and two are now available on the Tractor Supply website. “Misplaced Trust” will be available this month.

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