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Organic or Not?

July 15, 2010

The fruit and veggies I get in the co-op are organic, I only buy organic milk and try to buy organic other stuff (eggs, peanut butter, meat) when its available and relatively affordable.  Despite the fact that research does not yet exist to really show the benefits to eating organic, I personally see it as a no brainer.  Logically it has got to be healthier to eat foods produced without synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, growth hormones, and feed made from animal parts.  So as long as I can afford it I will keep going organic… 

Below are guidelines for when its worth the money to go organic and when its not really necessary. 

The worst offenders, nicknamed the “dirty dozen,” include:
Strawberries
Celery
Sweet bell peppers
Apples
Spinach, kale and collard greens
Peaches
Domestic Blueberries
Nectarines
Cherries
Imported grapes
Potatoes
Lettuce
The “Clean 15″, as labeled by the EWG, contain little to no pesticides:
Onions
Avocados
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Mango
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Kiwi fruit
Cabbage
Eggplant
Cantaloupe
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Sweet potatoes
Sweet onions

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