Eat Strawberries Now!

May 30, 2023
fresh, very ripe, red strawberries close up--Photo by Philippe Collard on Unsplash

Photo by philippe collard on Unsplash

by Christine Muller

Why should we eat strawberries, why now, and what do we need to be careful about when purchasing them?

1. Strawberries are delicious.

2. Strawberries are nutritious; they contain many important elements our bodies need such as vitamin C, potassium, iron, fiber, and antioxidants.

3. Strawberries are just beautiful.

Unfortunately, strawberries are also loaded with agricultural chemicals—herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides. In fact, they are considered to be the most contaminated fresh produce. These chemicals are very harmful to human health, especially for children.

So, what can we do?

Buy organic strawberries! Organic produce is generally more expensive, but by foregoing a steak purchase, you can still save money, and have a double win—for your health and for the environment.

June is strawberry season in many areas. Strawberries are not only more affordable now, they also taste better! Have you ever eaten a strawberry in December? It looks like a strawberry, but it either has no taste or a chemical taste.

If you can, try to buy local strawberries. Strawberries from local farms may contain less toxins than those from big agricultural companies. Moreover, you support local agriculture which is critically important for future food security.

If offered in your area, the best choice is to pick strawberries yourself at a local organic farm. Bring your children or friends with you. It is a healthy, educational, and fun family and community-building activity!

For more information:

EWG’s 2023 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce by EWG (Environmental Working Group) Science Team, March 2023

Dirty Dozen 2022: Produce with the most and least pesticides by Sandee LaMotte, CNN Health, April 7, 2022

Living Responsibly: Why Eat Organic? WI Sustainable Living Tip for April 2018


Christine Muller, Teacher of Music and the Environment

Board Secretary, International Environment Forum

I was interested in environmental issues already at a young age and became a Bahá’í when I was 17, which was the beginning of a life-long study of the Bahá’í Faith. As the environmental crisis was worsening, I began to systematically study climate change at a time when not much information was easily available. I also searched the Bahá’í teachings for a spiritual solution to the climate crisis. At that time, climate change was not known to most people and there were no educational materials available. That’s why I wrote Scientific and Spiritual Dimensions of Climate Change – an Interfaith Study Course, which the International Environment Forum posted in 2009. I joined the Wilmette Institute as support faculty for its Sustainable Development course in 2011 and created its Climate Change course the following year. I also teach a course on climate change for the Environmental Sciences Department of the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) in Iran. I have served on the board of RI Interfaith Power&Light for more than a decade. In recent years, much of my time is spent serving the Bahá’í-inspired International Environment Forum ( as its secretary.  My formal academic background is in music, and I enjoy part-time piano teaching, playing and - when there is time - composing music. A recent composition is Humans on Earth – a Ballad of Our Time for two singers, string orchestra, piano, and percussion. Its lyrics include quotations from scientific sources and the Bahá’í Writings. Christine’s articles on BahaiTeachings.orgSee Faculty Bio


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