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Food from our gardenDavid Steinman grew up eating fish he and his family caught in Santa Monica Bay, California. Much later, as a journalist, he learned that all fish in that bay were polluted with industrial chemicals, and portions of the bay became federal superfund sites. In 1990, using information he gained from federal agencies, Steinman wrote Diet for a Poisoned Planet, the result of years of research studying the food America buys in our supermarkets. He updated the book in 2007.

Steinman tells us how to avoid consuming the poisons which fill many of our foods. Those which are highest on dangerous chemicals contain animal fats.

“The low toxin, high-energy diet is high in plant foods, and low in fatty meats and dairy foods. By eating lots of fruits, vegetables and grains, cutting down on meat and dairy foods, and learning to pick the safest, lowest-in-chemical-toxin-foods in all food groups, you can cut down the amount of pesticides and other dangerous chemicals in your diet." His book is full of lists, charts and tables which help us find safe foods.

Foods with no detectable pesticide residues
  • Cranberry juice
  • Dates
  • Lentils
--Diet for a Poisoned Planet, David Steinman, Thunder's Mouth Press, 2007

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