The Dirty Dozen

By June 28, 2012Kitchen How To, Lifestyle

Why buy organic? If you’ve shopped for organic products before, you know that they can cost quite a bit more than non-organic items. So, why should you consider purchasing these more expensive products? And if you had to pick and choose, which items can you get away with buying conventionally?

Just as with antibiotics in people, pests can develop a resistance towards pesticides. This makes the use of increasingly stronger pesticides necessary to continuously kill off the pests. With stronger and stronger pesticides, the risk to the humans and animals becomes increasingly greater. Organic farming can help put a stop to the vicious cycle. With organic farming, there are no pesticides to leak into the water, potentially contaminating our drinking water. Conventional farming not only poisons or food, but everyone’s water supply! In organic farming, the soil is built up with organic material, such as compost, which helps to enrich the ground and prevent erosion. Enriched soil also means more nutrient rich foods.

 

The Dirty Dozen

Always Buy These Organic

Clean 15

Lowest In Pesticides

Apples

Celery

Sweet bell peppers

Peaches

Strawberries

Nectarines

Grapes

Spinach

Lettuce

Cucumbers

Blueberries

Potatoes

Plus

Green beans

Kale/Greens

 

Onions

Sweet Corn

Pineapples

Avocado

Cabbage

Sweet peas

Asparagus

Mangoes

Eggplant

Kiwi

Cantaloupe

Sweet potatoes

Grapefruit

Watermelon

Mushrooms

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One Comment

  • Ayngelina says:

    I always buy organic bananas despite being it being lowest in pesticides simply because so many people who work on the plantations breathe in the pesticides and many of them die from cancer.

    Farm workers are never able to prove that it is the pesticides that kill them but visit any farming area and the incidents of cancer and women unable to have children is scary.

    For me buying organic isn’t just about my health but also those of others.

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