He's probably right, to an extent. The farmers wouldn't intentionally use pesticides, though the guy upwind from him could. Our water supply is also chop full of chemicals, at least here in the USA. About 50 years ago they started adding flouride to "help people's teeth," and it's been the same ever since. Some places you can even smell the chlorine in the water, usually cities. I am fortunate to have grown up with well water, and my dentist can see the difference (creepy, no?)
I used to work at a grocery store, and those in the produce department made $18.30/hour. That's over twice as much as the USA's federal minimum wage. That was also a couple years ago, so I would assume they now make more.
Originally Posted by RichMahogany
The amount of cross-contamination that happens on those produce trucks (same truck, all kinds of produce, organic or not, crammed into one truck) is also probably enough. Those who work in the industry have an inside look on things--for example dishware is one of the dirtiest things you could ever stock, after stocking a pallet of dishes my hands were black! Wash everything you buy. I recall the time we found worms in a bag of catnip, and also the time we found a fruit fly infestation in a crate of oranges. I fondly recall the day when the produce lady screamed as she found poisonous spiders in the bananas.
Grocery workers are not 'below' or 'uneducatated,' regardless of whether or not they make minimum wage. Cut the negative stigma, they work just as hard as everyone else.
Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.
Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
26lbs lost since cutting the crap.