Kitchen Safety

Use these tips to make the heart of your home a healthy haven.

By Leah Zerbe


Opt for organic Opt for clean food

Food serves as the centerpiece of our kitchen, the thing that brings us all together. To keep the safest choices on hand, choose organic whenever you can. Pesticides commonly used in conventional agriculture contain about 180 hormone- disrupting chemicals that studies have linked to diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, developmental problems, and even cancer.

Buying organic also means you’re not putting genetically modified food on the table. Genes from other organisms are commonly inserted into soy, corn, and canola crops in this country, and since they have been around less than 20 years, we don’t fully know how these genetically modified foods impact the environment or us. Buy food that’s in season and shop at farmer’s markets and through community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs to get good deals.