Thursday, January 19, 2017

Eating Modified foods with fungicides and herbicides

Stickers on fruits and vegetables, are there for more than just scanning the price they determine if the product is genetically modified, organic or produced with chemical fertilizers, fungicides or herbicides.

A four-digit code beginning with a 3 or a 4 means the produce is probably conventionally grown. The last digits of the code represent the kind of the fruit or vegetable you are buying. For example, bananas are always labeled with the code of 4011. 

 If there are five numbers, and the first is “8″, then the product is genetically modified. The label on genetically modified banana (GE-genetically engineered of GMO) would contain the numbers 84011.

A five-digit number that starts with a 9 means the item is organic. Organic bananas are labeled with 94011.

EWG (The Environmental Working Group) analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items.

The Environmental Protection Agency warns that the consumption of pesticides can lead to health problems such as “birth defects, nerve damage, cancer, and other effects that might occur over a long period of time.” Children are especially at risk of harm from pesticides.

Fruits And Vegetables To Always Buy Organic

The Dirty Dozen Plus

These foods have very high pesticide loads and should always be purchased organic or grown yourself!

Hot Peppers 
Nectarines (imported) 
Sweet Bell Peppers 
Kale/Collard Greens 
Summer Squash

Clean 15

The following foods were found by EWG to be relatively low in pesticide residue. They may be good conventional options for those on a budget.

05Sweet Corn [Editors Note: beware of genetically modified varieties. If you want to avoid GMOs, eat only organic corn/] 
10. Mushrooms 
12Papayas [Editors Note: beware of genetically modified varieties. If you want to avoid GMOs eat only organic papaya.] 
14Sweet Peas 
15Sweet Potatoes

The EWG also notes that 99 percent of apples, 98 percent of peaches and 97 percent of nectarines all tested positive for at least one pesticide residue, while the average (white) potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Chilled Out Cookies

Cookies were baked coming into the three day weekend so all I had to do was decorate. This allowed me time to practice line work and other techniques. It is still a grueling process. Wow only three sentences in before I started whining. But I did get to enjoy the decorating this time, which is the whole point of me putting pen to paper, metaphorically.  These will go in Four different directions, initially anyway.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Its how you look at things

I find this so relevant, loss teaches us more about ourselves than getting what we want ever does. Yet I spent most of my life pursuing and acquiring. Only to realize everything is impermanent. The upside really being the value is in the journey, what we go after, and of course what we do with the acquired knowledge or gain. 
Anyhoo Sandy's giving me shit.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

An Acrylic for a fan

Sometimes you do things for others. This is one of those things. Go guy in front.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


I wish I didn't have to bake and decorate 20 of these in the same day, but how often do you get what you wish. Perhaps if you paid better attention to your sister on the plane to Las Vegas or she reminded you in time. But that is for another time.
Alligators anyone? WTW?

They are quite elegant without the final piping. I was very tired when it came time to do the last step. Just saying, it would have been better if it wasn't hour 10. 

Anyhoo repacked these babies to go to Cathy's three times. Good thing too because she came home from work and they were sitting in the rain. Only one broke which is great because they are large cookies with lots of mass. They ate it and said it tasted great. Their party went off great, guests loved them and now I and selecting the next design.

Friday, November 18, 2016