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Attack of the Antibiotic Vegetables

Josie Maurer a freelance writer. She also blogs at YumYucky.com and is the co-founder of Fit Blogger’s Guide.

So, you watched Food, Inc. and made some serious dietary changes to safeguard your health. McDonald’s burgers are banned from your stomach and you eat organic as much as possible. Your meat and dairy purchases are antibiotic and hormone-free. Life is good, right?

What about your vegetables? Pesticides are not the only issue.

Sound the alarm because those veggies you’re eating may have been fertilized with manure that comes farm animals given antibiotics and hormones. This isn’t exactly breaking news. Antibiotics in vegetables has been discussed for awhile now, but as people like me and you become more health-conscious, news like this bubbles to the forefront. And quite frankly, I’m ticked off.

Do a Google search for “antibiotics in vegetables” or any similar phrase, and articles like this will pop up. Yes, it’s a big time drag. So what do you do when you think you’ve already done all you can do?

I’m pretty much done relying on others to ensure my health. When I’m given a prescription, I head over to the A-Z drug list on Drugs.com to get more information for myself. When a doctor recommends a therapy or procedure, I do my own research to find how it turned out for others. And now, I believe it’s time to grow my own garden to whatever extent possible. No more talking about it – it’s time to do it. If you don’t have lots of space, container gardening works just as well. Is it really is worth all the extra work? Yes, it is.

So here we are with the knowledge that the vegetables we purchase may contain antibiotics, depending on their source. Either you knew it already and this is a reminder, or you’re just finding out now. Take this information and do with it what you will, but please, don’t just sit back and do nothing.

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September 25th, 2010

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