I’m just not a fan of pesticides.  Dating back to Rachel Carson’s warnings in Silent Spring, there’s no question that pesticides are harmful to people, pets, farmers and wildlife.  Sadly, pesticide use is commonplace and pervasive in our daily lives.  Residues lurk in our food, water and air… and insidiously collect in our bodies.  As a parent, I’m hoping to lighten my family’s chemical load (our kids are a bit young for the 5-day juice detox!).   So when it comes to what we eat and drink, put on our bodies, and are exposed to in our home and yard, I’m always on the look out for great products and services that won’t poison us or the planet. Inspired by Oprah’s Favorite Things list last December*, here’s my healthier, organic adaptation of 24 new favorites and trusted standbys (click on the green tab below to see a slideshow):


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*Oprah did highlight a few green gems in her 2012 list: the Jetson electric bike, Julep “four-free” nail polishes and Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger


Learn more about pesticides from the Safer Pest Control Project and the EPA.