Tuesday, January 31, 2012

TUESDAY TIP: TO BUD NIP OR NOT TO BUD NIP?

I recently watched a video that a little girl produced about an experiment in which she tested how long a potato would sprout vines. It was very informative. And while I knew the information already and advocate for buying organic fruits and vegetables, I feel this video will give you a very good visual on why organic makes such a big difference.

What is bud nip {chlorpropham}? Bud nip, one name for the scientific name chlorpropham, is a chemical sprayed on vegetables and fruits that prevents sprouts from growing and it also serves as a plant growth regulator. Think of vegetables or fruits that grow sprouts: alfalfa, lima beans, snap peas, blueberries, carrots, cranberries, garlic, onions, beets, tomatoes, soybeans, potatoes... just to name a few. All of those are sprayed with bud nip.

And unlike some other pesticide chemicals that may only stay on the outside of a plant, chlorpropham is absorbed into the entire plant. So even if you don't eat the outside (garlic, onions, etc.) you ingest the chemical just the same.

Ever wonder why your potatoes in your fridge never really sprout roots even among the moisture from your fridge? It's not just because of the temperature... it's because they are sprayed and grown to not do so. While the spray is a way to increase the shelf life of the produce, I am not sure I want to risk my health in order to have a potato last a few weeks in my fridge or in my produce bowl on my counter.

And what was more interesting about this video, is that the "organic" produce in the regular grocery store didn't produce nearly as many sprouts as the potato bought at an organic grocery. Probably because "organic" produce at large supermarket chains are still produced by large corporations whose objective is to grow as many as possible in the least amount of time. They can still get away with altering the food as long as it meets certain FDA standards for organic certification. Produce at organic supermarkets usually come from local farms, whose main goal is to produce wholesome, natural foods without the use of commercialized equipment or growth enhancers. Their products may not be, and most likely are not, organic certified, but they are more organic than what you'll find with a USDA Organic seal any day.

This little girl does a very informative presentation regarding the importance of buying organic. And buying local. Watch and see for yourself:


So, what's your choice: To Bud Nip or Not to Bud Nip? That's the question.

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