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Ways To Keep Food Pollutant and Pesticide Free

Is your child (or you) having the itch, rash, allergy and mood swings? Perhaps, it is time to check on how you are doing when it comes to food choices and preparation. Studies have shown that much of our physiological, mental and even emotional distress can be caused by accidental (and inevitable) exposure to chemicals, pollutants and trace elements either in our foods, drinks or external environment. We speak with expert, Professor Jabbar Lin from Environmental Science and Technology of Taiwan Development Institute on why you should try your best to eliminate exposure to pollutants and some practical tips on how you can effectively remove pesticides from your foods.

5 Things You Should Know About Food Pesticides and Pollutants 

  1. They are everywhere: There are many chemicals found on non-organic vegetables and even organic* vegetables and they include:
    – environmental hormones (xenoestrogens) such as nonylphenol, PCBs, dioxins, etc
    – pesticides / herbicides / fungicides
    – growth hormones
    – organophosphorus
    – acid rain residues
    – pollutants from haze
     *So even with organic foods, there will still be pollutants from haze, acid rain ad other environmental pollutants
  2. They are many on our vegetables: Vegetables are often sprayed with pesticides 15-20 times per week and at least 30 different types of pesticides are commonly used during farming. There are about 300-400 different kinds of pesticides worldwide and conventional produce are often coated with shelf-life extending wax.
  3. They cause health conditions: Even though agencies have strict limits on the amount of pesticides allowed in food or water, general public should also be more concerned with the delayed effects of absorbing and accumulating small amount of pesticides over long period of time. Long term exposure to pesticides can have toxicological effects on our neurological health, and may contribute to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
  4. You cannot rinse them off by using water : Most pesticides are lipid (fat) soluble, therefore, rinsing vegetables with water is ineffective in removing lipid soluble pesticides and the shelf-life extending wax makes it even harder to remove pesticides, synthetic impurities and environmental hormones.
  5. Chose a certified organic natural solution to remove them: You can use natural solutions to remove pesticides and natural plant minerals composite is first in rank and is the most effective in neutralising synthetic impurities and heavy toxic pesticides from the surface of vegetables but be sure to chose one that is certified in its efficacy. Ozone generators is second in rank for removing mild pesticides. Food grade baking soda is third in rank for removing even milder pesticides. The use of home-fermented enzymes is not recommended as fruit peels used for fermentation also contain pesticides. Check out ETL No. 9 ($35-98,, an intelligent all-in-one formula that helps to remove *98.6% of pesticide residues from the surface of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Enrol in the Outward Bound Sinapore Holidays Nature Appreciation Programme on 14 March to meet Professor Lin and learn more about what you can do for yourself and the environment, and also be part of the Leave No Trace movement.

Watch demonstration on how to remove pesticides using ETL No.9

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of Singapore’s Child March Issue 172 with the headline ‘Bye-bye pesticides and pollutants!’ with expert advice from Professor Jabbar Lin from Environmental Science and Technology of Taiwan Development Institute.