Potatoes aren't just for throwing in a fryer to make french fries or chips. Baked in their 'jackets' or steamed with the skin on potatoes offer a host of healthful benefits. They are a storehouse of vitamins and minerals with high levels of vitamin C and potassium. They are easy to digest, satisfying, easy to prepare and as 'cheap as chips' to buy....
BUT, and here's the caveat, only if they are organically grown because conventionally grown potatoes might be killing you. Potatoes are treated with at least 35 pesticides and herbicides some of which are carcinogenic, some are neurotoxins and others hormone disrupters. According to Jeff Moyer, farm director at the Rodale Institute and former chair of the National Organic Standards Board, some conventional potato growers say "point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals.”
Not very comforting....
"THE PROBLEMS WITH CONVENTIONAL POTATOES
1) According to the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, 35 different pesticides have been found on conventional potatoes.
And out of these 35:
– 6 are known or probably carcinogens
– 12 are suspected hormone disruptors
– 7 are neurotoxins
– 6 are developmental or reproductive toxins
The chemical that is found on 76% of all conventional potatoes is chlorpropham, an herbicide that is used to stop the growth of weeds and to inhibit potato sprouting.
Not only is this chemical toxic to honey bees, but according to the Extension Toxicology Network, chronic exposure of laboratory animals to chlorpropham has caused “retarded growth, increased liver, kidney and spleen weights, congestion of the spleen, and death.”
2) As a root vegetable, potatoes absorb all of the pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides that are sprayed above the ground and then eventually make their way into the soil.
With potatoes, however, the chemical treatment is quite extensive.
During growing season – They get treated with fungicides
Before harvesting – They get sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines
After being dug up – They get sprayed again to prevent them from sprouting
3) Quite often, the most important information about a food is what growers or “insiders” have to say about it.
Jeff Moyer, farm director at the Rodale Institute and former chair of the National Organic Standards Board, has been quoted as saying 'I’ve talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals.'"