June 16, 2010

Buying Organic

A while back, I saw a post on Homestead Revival about which fruits and veggies are MOST important to purchase organic, and which aren't a big deal if you don't. The list is published by the Environmental Working Group.

This really gives you a great idea of the items which you should buy organic. And I like that there is a list of things, called the Clean 15, that can be non-organic. I have been using my list VERY often, and will never (as long as I can help it) purchase one of the Dirty Dozen, unless it is organic. The Dirty Dozen contains the highest amounts of pestisides in ANY fruits and veggies tested. YIKES!

Here are the Clean 15 ( the ones that you DON'T need to buy organic) and the Dirty Dozen (the items which you SHOULD buy organic) from the Environmental Working Group:

EWG's 2010 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides

Dirty Dozen (Buy these Organic)
1. Celery
2. Peaches
3. Strawberries
4. Apples
5. Blueberries
6. Nectarines
7. Bell Peppers
8. Spinach
9. Kale
10. Cherries
11. Potatoes
12. Grapes

Clean 15 (Lowest in Pesticides)
1. Onions
2. Avocado
3. Sweet Corn
4. Pineapple
5. Mangos
6. Sweet Peas
7. Asparagus
8. Kiwi
9. Cabbage
10. Eggplant
11. Cantalouope
12. Watermelon
13. Grapefruit
14. Sweet Potato
15. Honeydew Melon

Here is a You Tube video of Dr. Weil explaining why we need to minimize our exposure to pesticides, and foods containing them! Check it out:

Ready to lower the amount of pesticide residue in the tissue in your body? EW! I know I AM!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I read in Nourishing Tradishions that it is important to buy root vegetables organic because the conventional (inorganic) contain a chemical to inhibit sprouting.